Some bibles show two possible endings to the Gospel of Mark, whose earliest surviving manuscripts end – perhaps rather abruptly – at verse eight “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.”

Rowan Williams suggests that Mark always intended to leave the gospel here, hanging on a thread – without including any of the later resurrection appearances of Jesus; Mark wants us to focus our minds on the cross. Rowan Williams suggests that, as a gospel which is alive with surprises, it shouldn’t surprise us that the gospel ends in this way.

This ending is also a beginning. A beginning of a new community of Jesus and an invitation to go back to the beginning and read the Good News from the start. 

Listen this week’s Start:Stop reflection at the link above.