Tuesday March 29- Give Each Other a Break

Mark 16:2-3

Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb at the rising of the sun. They said among themselves, “Who will roll the stone away from the door of the tomb for us?”

The women come to the tomb. They are going to anoint Jesus for burial even though he doesn’t need it. They also need someone to roll away the big circular stone that blocks the entrance to the family tomb, but they have no idea who is going to do that. It’s not like you have a crowd of people hanging out in cemeteries.

But they go anyway.

The women are on a mission. Someone beloved dies, you have to do something. And you are not always thinking straight.

When our loved ones are dying or when they die, everything is not one neat package. We do things and say things that may not be too logical, may not be too sensitive, and we are not always thinking straight.

Let’s give each other a break.

Wide, wide boundaries of graciousness. We are all going to need it.


Putting actions in the best light, giving the benefit of doubt, this is what we want others to do for us. Do this for others.

Monday March 29- Already Ready- Women@ the tomb

Mark 16:1

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. 

Why did these ladies go to the tomb?

A quick lesson in ancient Jerusalem burial.

When a person dies, he is placed in the family tomb. This is a room carved as a cave, where there are many shelves where the bodies would be placed.

The bodies would deteriorate and then the family would go back in the tomb and place the bones that remain in a box called an “ossuary.” The person who is fresh dead would be soaked in spices so they wouldn’t stink.

The women went to the tomb on Easter morning because they wanted to do the proper burial of Jesus. You see, he died so quickly, before sundown on Friday, the beginning of sabbath, that they didn’t have time to anoint him with the spices.

But, in one sense, it wasn’t necessary. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, already prepared Jesus for burial. Remember?

She poured expensive perfume over him. I think of this when I think of the agony of Jesus on the cross. Even in the most cruel excruciating pain, Jesus knows he is the the anointed one. The Messiah. The awful smell of his own death is overpowered by the most expensive perfume in the world.

But, he still dies. So, they come to the tomb.


What is a good smell that stays with you in your memory? Revisit this when you have stress today.