Jesus’ Life: Chapter 19 – The Resurrection Of Jesus
Time: Early Morning on Easter Sunday
After Simon Peter, John and the other disciples left Jesus’ tomb, Mary Magdalene remained outside weeping.
Then, once again looking into Jesus’ tomb, “she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet”. (John 20:12)
The angels said to Mary, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Mary replied, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!” (John 20:15)
At that point, as Mary turned around, she saw a man whom she thought was the gardener standing nearby. She said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him”. The man replied, “Mary” and immediately, realising the man was the Risen Jesus, an overwhelmed Mary replied in Aramaic, “Rabboni” which means Teacher and she fell at Jesus’ feet to embrace Him. (John 20:15-16)
As she did so, Jesus said to Mary, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’”. (John 20:17) (Matthew 28:9-10, Mark 16:9-11, John 20:10-18)
Jesus’ first appearance was to Mary Magdalene. (Mark 16:9; John 20:10-18)
Mary Magdelene’s heart was open to finding Jesus, nothing else mattered to her!
How about you?
Lord Jesus, give me the wisdom to discover You, the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek after You, the patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer: Daily Prayer (St Francis)
Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily;
to lean on your great strength, trustfully, respectfully;
to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely;
to meet others, peacefully, joyfully;
to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.