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Text by Victor Hoagland, C.P.

Heartbreak and Mission

SpacerOn Easter Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary came back to the tomb. The Passover had not been a day of joy for her. She was still in the depths of sorrow. As she approached the tomb in the dim light, she was startled to see the stone rolled away from the entrance. Thinking that Jesus' body had been stolen, she ran back to tell Peter and John, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb!".

SpacerPeter and John both ran to the garden with Mary following them. They went into the tomb and found only the burial cloths. The two disciples then wandered back home wondering what had happened.

SpacerBut Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. Through her tears, she bent down to look inside and saw two angels in white sitting there. "Woman, why are you weeping?" they asked her.

Spacer"They have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him," she replied. Then, turning around she saw Jesus, though she didn't recognize him.

Spacer"Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" he said to her.

SpacerAssuming him to be the caretaker, Mary pleaded: "Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him."

SpacerJesus said to her, "Mary!"

SpacerIn a gasp of recognition Mary cried in Hebrew "Rabbouni!" ("Teacher!"). Jesus spoke again. "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.'"

SpacerMary Magdalene rushed off to the disciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord," and delivered the message she had been given.



detail from
Schongauer's etching of
Mary Magdalene meeting
the risen Christ
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detail from Holbein's painting of the same scene
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