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Mark's Sheer Realism

Patrick Wilson has said of Mark’s ending to the Easter story:

He refuses to tie the loose ends of the gospel into a tidy bow of fleeting consolations.  The final verses are ambiguous: a promise greeted by fear; a pledge that we will “see him” swamped by our own uncertainty and dread.  What Mark’s ending lacks in romance it makes up for in shear realism.  Isn’t this the world we live in? No enchanted world of thinly fabricated happily-everafters, but a world in which we hold tightly to the promise and fearfully tread our way through a tangle of doubts and amazements.

- Christian Century, April 4, 1994