Reflecting on John 20: 1-9
Dearest Mary of Magdala,
Mary, did you know that he whom your heart loved would not be in the tomb when you went to minister to his body that sad spring morning?
Mary, did you know that he who’s dreadful death broke your heart in half would break open the graves of all believers?
Mary, did you know that when you bravely ran to tell the news to the Beloved Disciple and Peter, your wonder-filled race would mark the very first steps of the faith that would change the world?
Mary, did you know that when the angels in the tomb asked you why you were weeping, they were asking the same question to all of us who would follow you, too afraid to hope, too full of wonder not to believe?
Mary, did you know that once the men departed the empty tomb and you were left there, weeping, your Lord would appear and call you gently by your name? And that, yes, it was your name the gospels would record as the first name spoken by the Risen One?
Know this, dear sister of Magdala: On this Easter morning we race with you to the tomb, we stand in grateful wonder at the angels in our lives who have asked why we are weeping, and we turn our faces from the grave, knowing that the Voice we hear is Jesus, calling us by name.
What things do you know for sure about Jesus?
Kathy McGovern ©2016