Perhaps most curious in Mark's account is the "young man" at the tomb, dressed in a white robe, speaking to the women. The "young man" was part of the story of Jesus' arrest in Gethsemane, dressed then only in a sindon, Mark says, a strip of linen cloth used for wrapping corpses in preparation for burial. When someone tried to seize him, he fled away naked, leaving the garment behind. Now he appears at the tomb, dressed, a witness to Jesus' resurrection. Mark's earliest readers could scarcely have missed noticing how much he was like them, for most of them had been dressed in burial attire on a night before the day of Easter, and had appeared next morning dressed in a white garment, bearing witness to the resurrection of Jesus. In between they had been stripped of the old garment, baptized, crucified with Christ, born again, and raised to a new life. What got buried forever on that morning was themselves, their old selves. They were on their way to where they would be the body of Christ in the world. Their beloved Jesus would clothe himself in them, and say to those who came to dispose of the corpses, "She is not here, she is risen."
—Frederick A. Niedner, Jr.
[Frederick A. Niedner, Jr., Homilies for the Christian People, edited by Gail Ramshaw (New York: Pueblo, 1989), 263-64.]