The Resurrection of Jesus, the Christ
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Today’s gospel account of the resurrection of Jesus from John’s gospel (minus the Petrine redaction), is a profound invitation to each of us to be open to the promise of new life. Beyond the miracle of the resurrection, the message of Easter is that in every life transition, every loss, every disappointment, every death, every change…..we are promised the opportunity for new life. In order to be open to that new life, however, there are often things we first have to move through or let go of. Like Mary, we are invited to let go of, stop clinging to the things in our lives that might hold us back from our greatest potential and from the life God has intended for us. For Mary, it was her attachment to the life she had known with the living Jesus that would have held her back from her role as Apostle to the Apostles, Evangelist and leader of the mystical church. For us, it might be past images of ourselves, attachments to certain roles, jobs, etc. Perhaps we are being invited to let go of past hurts, fears, betrayals. Maybe we need to move through the process of grief.
So on this day of resurrection, I offer two questions for you to ponder:
What are the things you are clinging to that might be holding you back from new life?
How can you be open to the new life that God has in store for you?
Authentic Freedom Ministries