But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one 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.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” 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 Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for 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 that he had said these things to her.
Comment: We see in this passage Mary’s sadness at the death. her heart felt loss that someone should take away the body of the One whom she thought had been the Messiah, and her joy at meeting and talking with her Risen Messiah. We see her keenness to share the news. A cameo of the joy which is still offered by God today to everyone who by faith meets the Risen Jesus! This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest event that has ever occurred. God has put His seal upon the cry of Jesus when on the Cross. The cry of victory was, ‘It is finished’. The meaning of Easter is that the Way of Salvation is truly in place.
Prayer: I believe, dispel any shreds of disbelief, please, oh please. My God!