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Haydock Commentary On Mark 16:1-7

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 2, 2010

Mark 16:1-7 is the Gospel text used in the pre-Vatican II missal for Easter Sunday.  The following notes are extremely basic.

Mar 16:1  And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought sweet spices, that coming, they might anoint Jesus.
Mar 16:2  And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen.
Mar 16:3  And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
Mar 16:4  And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great.
Mar 16:5  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished.

Mar 16:6  Who saith to them: Be not affrighted. you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen: he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him.
Mar 16:7  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee. There you shall see him, as he told you.

16:1  Saturday evening, after the sun was set, for the sabbath began and ended with the setting sun.

16:2  St. Marks says very early, the sun being now risen, whereas St. John tells us that it was yet dark.  But when St. Mark says the sun was risen, he means that it began, by its approach to the horizon, to enlighten the heavens, at which time there is still darkness remaining, (according to St. John) which decreases as light approaches the earth. (St. Augustine).

16:5  St. Matthew says the angel was sitting on the stone, whilst St. Mark says that they saw him sitting on the right side of the sepulchre.  This must not surprise us; for the angel which first appeared sitting upon the stone, might have been afterwards seen by him sitting on the right side of the sepulchre. (Theophylactus) — Perhaps the angel mentioned by St. Matthew is different from the one mentioned by St. Mark.  Or it may be understood, that the women entering the monument, which may mean the enclosure of it, saw the angel sitting on the stone, which was placed on the right side of the sepulchre. (St. Augustine)

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