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John 20:11-18

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 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." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20:11-18
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    • In the half-light of the morning, Mary did not recognise who was speaking to her until she was called by name. Picture yourself as she was: seeking Jesus in the quiet of the dawn, making your known to him, hearing his voice calling your name. She receives not just consolation, but a mission that springs from relationship.
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    • Do we sometimes think the Lord has been taken away? Prayer and Christian life can be drab, dry, and tiresome: institutional scandals drain energy. Jesus is always new, part of the prayer and Christian life of us all. We are not to hold on to an ‘old Jesus’ but walk with him as he walks the new journey of life and prayer with us.
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    • There is a journey here from the darkness of unfaith, to partial faith and finally to perfect faith. Mary’s seeing is clouded by disappointment, grief, and unspeakable loss. But the sound of Jesus’ voice and the use of her name gives her new vision. She recognises him and is filled with hope and joy.
    • Lord, the Easter event bids me to leave my tomb of self-absorption and hopelessness. I am called to walk with Easter eyes. Let me bear witness to your risen presence in our shadowed and fractured world. May my humble efforts of advocacy and solidarity enable others to rise from their tombs and live.
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    • Mary is crying so much that she cannot see who the man is. She is not listening, so she does not recognise his voice. It is only when he says her name that she finally hears, sees, and believes. What in me can block out Jesus’ voice?
    • Jesus is anxious to send word to those disciples who had deserted him. He wants them to know that they are still his brothers and sisters. He wants them to know that his Father is still their Father, and that his God is still their God. He wants them to know that they are forgiven.
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    • This tear-laden, poignant recognition scene deserves to be contemplated slowly, from within the heart of Mary Magdalene. Peter and John have looked at the empty tomb and returned to their homes. But Mary is distraught, thinking only of the Jesus whose death she has witnessed, longing at least to see his body. Is it her tears that keep her from recognising Jesus? Suddenly she hears a familiar voice call her name. Her world is transformed: /I have seen the Lord./ She looks across the boundary between life and death, which has met its master.
    • / >We have cut You down >     to our smaller size. >We cannot bear not knowing >     who You are. >We cannot stand not knowing >     what You will do next. >We, the managers of grace >in the administration of life. >How blessed we are >that You are more >     than what we make of You. (Anonymous.) > / Be aware in prayer of how unlimited now the Lord Jesus is. His risen body is big enough to embrace the whole world, and compassionate enough to embrace each of us.
    • 'Woman, why are you weeping?' the angels ask. Why is Mary weeping? For her own loss or, rather, the thought of what her friend has had to suffer? What do I seek from my relationship with Jesus?
    • Jesus said his sheep would know him when he called their names. Mary knows Jesus when he speaks her name to her. Can I hear him speak mine to me? What do I experience in this precious moment of encounter?
    • Mary ‘turned around’ and saw Jesus. I ask God to give me the strength I need always to be ready to turn around, to look again, that I may see and recognise Jesus’ presence in my life.
    • The angels asked Mary, ‘why are you weeping?’ Even as, in Easter, I pray in hope, I bring myself fully before God, expressing my needs and my difficulties. I look for signs of resurrection in places where life might not seem likely to be found.
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    • This tear-laden, poignant recognition scene deserves to be contemplated slowly, from within the heart of Mary Magdalene. Peter and John have looked at the empty tomb and returned to their homes. But Mary is distraught, thinking only of the Jesus whose death she has witnessed, longing at least to see his body. Is it her tears that keep her from recognising Jesus? Suddenly she hears a familiar voice call her name. Her world is transformed: /I have seen the Lord./ She looks across the boundary between life and death, which has met its master.
    • / >We have cut You down >     to our smaller size. >We cannot bear not knowing >     who You are. >We cannot stand not knowing >     what You will do next. >We, the managers of grace >in the administration of life. >How blessed we are >that You are more >     than what we make of You. (Anonymous.) > / Be aware in prayer of how unlimited now the Lord Jesus is. His risen body is big enough to embrace the whole world, and compassionate enough to embrace each of us.
    • 'Woman, why are you weeping?' the angels ask. Why is Mary weeping? For her own loss or, rather, the thought of what her friend has had to suffer? What do I seek from my relationship with Jesus?
    • Jesus said his sheep would know him when he called their names. Mary knows Jesus when he speaks her name to her. Can I hear him speak mine to me? What do I experience in this precious moment of encounter?
    • Mary ‘turned around’ and saw Jesus. I ask God to give me the strength I need always to be ready to turn around, to look again, that I may see and recognise Jesus’ presence in my life.
    • The angels asked Mary, ‘why are you weeping?’ Even as, in Easter, I pray in hope, I bring myself fully before God, expressing my needs and my difficulties. I look for signs of resurrection in places where life might not seem likely to be found.
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    • This tear-laden, poignant recognition scene deserves to be contemplated slowly, from within the heart of Mary Magdalene. Peter and John have looked at the empty tomb and returned to their homes. But Mary is distraught, thinking only of the Jesus whose death she has witnessed, longing at least to see his body. Is it her tears that keep her from recognising Jesus? Suddenly she hears a familiar voice call her name. Her world is transformed: /I have seen the Lord./ She looks across the boundary between life and death, which has met its master.
    • / >We have cut You down >     to our smaller size. >We cannot bear not knowing >     who You are. >We cannot stand not knowing >     what You will do next. >We, the managers of grace >in the administration of life. >How blessed we are >that You are more >     than what we make of You. (Anonymous.) > / Be aware in prayer of how unlimited now the Lord Jesus is. His risen body is big enough to embrace the whole world, and compassionate enough to embrace each of us.
    • 'Woman, why are you weeping?' the angels ask. Why is Mary weeping? For her own loss or, rather, the thought of what her friend has had to suffer? What do I seek from my relationship with Jesus?
    • Jesus said his sheep would know him when he called their names. Mary knows Jesus when he speaks her name to her. Can I hear him speak mine to me? What do I experience in this precious moment of encounter?
    • Mary ‘turned around’ and saw Jesus. I ask God to give me the strength I need always to be ready to turn around, to look again, that I may see and recognise Jesus’ presence in my life.
    • The angels asked Mary, ‘why are you weeping?’ Even as, in Easter, I pray in hope, I bring myself fully before God, expressing my needs and my difficulties. I look for signs of resurrection in places where life might not seem likely to be found.
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    • This tear-laden, poignant recognition scene deserves to be contemplated slowly, from within the heart of Mary Magdalene. Peter and John have looked at the empty tomb and returned to their homes. But Mary is distraught, thinking only of the Jesus whose death she has witnessed, longing at least to see his body. Is it her tears that keep her from recognising Jesus? Suddenly she hears a familiar voice call her name. Her world is transformed: /I have seen the Lord./ She looks across the boundary between life and death, which has met its master.
    • / >We have cut You down >     to our smaller size. >We cannot bear not knowing >     who You are. >We cannot stand not knowing >     what You will do next. >We, the managers of grace >in the administration of life. >How blessed we are >that You are more >     than what we make of You. (Anonymous.) > / Be aware in prayer of how unlimited now the Lord Jesus is. His risen body is big enough to embrace the whole world, and compassionate enough to embrace each of us.
    • 'Woman, why are you weeping?' the angels ask. Why is Mary weeping? For her own loss or, rather, the thought of what her friend has had to suffer? What do I seek from my relationship with Jesus?
    • Jesus said his sheep would know him when he called their names. Mary knows Jesus when he speaks her name to her. Can I hear him speak mine to me? What do I experience in this precious moment of encounter?
    • Mary ‘turned around’ and saw Jesus. I ask God to give me the strength I need always to be ready to turn around, to look again, that I may see and recognise Jesus’ presence in my life.
    • The angels asked Mary, ‘why are you weeping?’ Even as, in Easter, I pray in hope, I bring myself fully before God, expressing my needs and my difficulties. I look for signs of resurrection in places where life might not seem likely to be found.
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    • This tear-laden, poignant recognition scene deserves to be contemplated slowly, from within the heart of Mary Magdalene. Peter and John have looked at the empty tomb and returned to their homes. But Mary is distraught, thinking only of the Jesus whose death she has witnessed, longing at least to see his body. Is it her tears that keep her from recognising Jesus? Suddenly she hears a familiar voice call her name. Her world is transformed: /I have seen the Lord./ She looks across the boundary between life and death, which has met its master.
    • / >We have cut You down >     to our smaller size. >We cannot bear not knowing >     who You are. >We cannot stand not knowing >     what You will do next. >We, the managers of grace >in the administration of life. >How blessed we are >that You are more >     than what we make of You. (Anonymous.) > / Be aware in prayer of how unlimited now the Lord Jesus is. His risen body is big enough to embrace the whole world, and compassionate enough to embrace each of us.
    • 'Woman, why are you weeping?' the angels ask. Why is Mary weeping? For her own loss or, rather, the thought of what her friend has had to suffer? What do I seek from my relationship with Jesus?
    • Jesus said his sheep would know him when he called their names. Mary knows Jesus when he speaks her name to her. Can I hear him speak mine to me? What do I experience in this precious moment of encounter?
    • Mary ‘turned around’ and saw Jesus. I ask God to give me the strength I need always to be ready to turn around, to look again, that I may see and recognise Jesus’ presence in my life.
    • The angels asked Mary, ‘why are you weeping?’ Even as, in Easter, I pray in hope, I bring myself fully before God, expressing my needs and my difficulties. I look for signs of resurrection in places where life might not seem likely to be found.