The Gospel According to St. Mark ends abruptly, with no shortage of heartburn for those trying to explain why. For me, I believe it is intentional, meant to urge the audience to a great leap of faith.

“But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

The Physical Resurrection of Jesus is not confirmed in the Gospel, only the fact that there is an empty tomb. It is meant for the listener to decide if they have indeed believed the Gospel…if as St Mark said…it is only the beginning of the Good News about Jesus…

English: Resurrection of Christ
English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Resurrection, then, becomes a matter of faith — a key one, according not only to St. Paul, but equally to the Gospel writers, if not the whole of the New Testament witness. The Resurrection is without nuance. It is bodily. Physical.

But, what is required is not proof; rather, as St Mark urges, faith.

Do you believe?

So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

I believe these women did believe…which is why they were in awe. And they were afraid, because they knew what would be required of them.

The question remains, for us, however. Do we believe, without proof, in the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ?