IN HIS TELLING of the early Easter-morning encounter, John describes Mary as heartbroken. She has gone to the tomb hoping to give Jesus her last act of love by anointing his body. To her great distress, the stone has been rolled away, and the body of Jesus is gone. She is overcome with anguish and heartache. Not being able to perform the final ritual is the last straw for her. She has come to the end of her rope.
It is exactly at this point, at the end of her rope, that the risen Jesus comes to her. This is always where he comes to us.
Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People
From page 21 of Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Is it difficult for you to express pain and anguish? Share your thoughts.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
—John 20:15, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus Christ, breathe the freshness of your Spirit into us that we may come alive again.
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