What I’m Thinking: Follow Mary

On Easter morning, Mary did some very important things we should consider – and consider imitating.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about Easter morning as John told the story in the twentieth chapter of his Gospel (John 20:1-18). John focused his account on Mary Magdalene, who did four things in the course of this story that I think are worth our consideration and possibly our imitation.

The first thing that she did was: she went to the tomb. Unlike the other gospel accounts, in which the women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with the spices that hadn’t been available on Friday, John didn’t say that that was Mary’s motive. She simply went to the tomb as people do to gravesides even today, to express their grief and to seek their healing in their loss.

But then she found that things were not as they should be. The stone had been rolled away from the tomb. So the second thing she did was she sought help. She got Peter and she got the disciple that Jesus loved and the three of them ran back to the tomb. I’ll be honest; I don’t think those other two were much help to her, but she sought help when she needed it.

Third, when the other two left, she stayed. She stayed with her grief. She stayed with her search for healing, and strikingly, as a result, she found it. She was the first to witness the risen Christ. She was the first to hear him speak. She was the first to hold him in her arms.

Fourth, she went and told the story of her healing. She invited Jesus’ other friends and followers to find their healing as well.

This is what we do in Holy Week. We go to the tombs that come out of the Scripture account, but also the tombs that are part of our lives, the empty places in our spirit. And we go there because those places need filling. Those places need healing.

So go there, seek help, stick with it, and when you find your healing, tell your story.

Be with us at 7:00 PM on Maundy Thursday and at noon [on Good Friday] we’ll have special readings and prayers from Good Friday. And then I look forward to sharing Easter joy with you at 10:00 AM next Sunday.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , | Posted on April 11, 2022

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