“Then they went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” – Mark 16:8
“…later, as the eleven were at table, Jesus appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised.” – Mark 16:14
The ending of the Gospel of Mark leaves us something to ponder. As books of the Sacred Scriptures were discovered, it wasn’t like finding a dusty old book in a basement, whole and complete. Many times, the manuscripts were in sections, and had to be pieced together by comparing similar manuscripts. Here at the conclusion of Mark’s gospel, there are multiple endings.
The first conclusion, in Mark 16:8, has the women so fearful they didn’t tell what they saw to anyone. Thank goodness the Gospel didn’t end there, otherwise the Church would not be here today. The longer ending of Mark’s gospel tells of two groups of people going to the disciples to tell them they have encountered the risen Jesus, and how the eleven did not believe them.
In both cases, it looks as though the message of Jesus’ overcoming death would have been lost, if Jesus did not appear to them personally; that they had a moment to encounter the Risen Christ.
Jesus enters into our unbelief, and through uncompromising witness of others. Today, too, many have fallen into a kind of unbelieving, because they have not had credible witnesses of the Good News proclaimed to them. How are you called in your life to proclaim the resurrected Jesus to those you encounter, that give others pause to consider that the Resurrection is true?
May God Bless you.