April 18, 2017
(Easter Octave Tuesday)
After discovering the opened and empty tomb of Jesus, Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at 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.” Jn_20:11-18
Funny, how in almost every Biblical case of angels appearing, one of the first things they would say is “Do not be afraid.” Actually seeing a real, live angel could be a pretty frightening experience, so our natural response is fear. But in the case of Mary, she was so overwhelmed with grief at the loss of the body of her deceased Lord, that speaking with angels was the least of her concerns. It probably could have been a talking horse and Mary would have responded the same way!
And then when she did cross paths with the resurrected Jesus, she didn’t even recognize Him at first. So when He told her to, “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.'” she simply obeyed.
Sometimes we can be so overly focused on something that when it finally comes about we almost miss it. Jesus does want us to know Him, but not to cling so tightly that we don’t recognize Him when He actually comes in the form of a friend or a neighbor or even an angel who wants to get our attention. He is our model. And it’s that model that we should be focused on in the actions of our lives. When Jesus did leave to return to His Father, His instructions were to “Go, and …” not to cling and become mesmerized zombies. Good lesson for us as well, beloved!
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