Gospel – April 14, 2020 – John 20:11-18
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.
I can remember when my children were young. They could lose a favorite toy or possession and cry their eyes out. Even if we found it and presented it, they were so heartbroken at losing it, they couldn’t recognize it. But, if you rattled it, or squeezed it they suddenly recognized it. They were instantly happy and would take the object of their affection into their embrace.
Imagine the tomb on Easter sunrise. Imagine the child (Mary) sitting outside crying because she thought she had lost what she loved. The angels ask her what she’s looking for like good parents. Then the thing she thought was lost calls to her but she’s so upset she doesn’t recognize him – until he speaks. Yes, that familiar rattle, that wonderful squeak and all is right again.
She grabs him and holds on desperately but Jesus has to go to his father. So, he gives her a task to distract her so he can go. But, he assures he he will meet them back where it started. The place he chose Peter, Andrew, James and John.
His ministry will look different – but will be led by those “fishers of men”.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…