But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one by the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” John 20:11-13
Easter is an excellent time to ask ourselves this very question. Why are we weeping? Is it because we are trying to hold on to an outdated idea the midst of change? Are we so focused on an empty tomb that we are not seeing the life that is all around us? Are we really letting ourselves experience God’s transcending love, or are we clinging to some outdated notion of how our lives should be? Like Mary, we may have more questions than answers, but also like Mary, we will eventually see. This is the promise of Easter.
Mary discovered that Jesus was standing right next to her. However, this was not the Jesus that she so yearned to see, and he was not going to resume his former role. He was on the move, and whether we like it or not, so are we. God is calling us all to new life, and new vistas. Christ is among us. Let us rise up and go.
Rev. Sue Ann