8:31band after three days rise again.

What might Jesus’ disciples have possibly understood Jesus to have meant here? Jesus has just spoken of his impending “great suffering” and rejection. He has announced in plain language that he is going to “be killed”. What is this rising again he speaks of in this grim context?

It is of course impossible to know how Jesus’ disciples heard his words. Perhaps they were simply bewildered. At the very least, Jesus’ statements must have raised questions in their minds.

With the benefit of hindsight, we might have a slight advantage over the disciples. We have some idea, even though the details remain shrouded in mystery, of what Jesus might have been pointing to when he told his followers that “after three days” he would “rise again.”

At the very least, Jesus is pointing to the indomitable spirit of life. He is indicating that there is a

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force at the heart of all existence that no violence or evil can ever ultimately defeat. In the midst of chaos and suffering, it may be difficult to see the triumph of goodness and truth. But, as we ponder the realities of Jesus’ death and resurrection, our hearts begin to open to the deep truth that is more real and more lasting than all the suffering that has ever been inflicted upon the world.

Love does triumph. The good will prevail. Evil is defeated; the power of wrong does not ultimately carry the day. This is not a call to denial. Jesus was always clear about the suffering that lay ahead. But it is to affirm that there is always a way in the suffering. There is light in the darkness.

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What helps me to see the light in the darkness without denying the reality of all that seeks to obscure the light in the world and in my own life?