the Mother of God
husband of Mary
fisherman and foundation
whom Jesus loved
Text by Victor
Heartbreak and Mission
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!".
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.
But 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.
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
why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" he said to her.
to be the caretaker, Mary pleaded: "Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him, and I will take him."
to her, "Mary!"
In 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.'"
rushed off to the disciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord,"
and delivered the message she had been given.
Schongauer's etching of
Mary Magdalene meeting
the risen Christ
from Holbein's painting of the same scene
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