John 20:14-16 (New Living Translation)
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” Jesus said, “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
How much I would love to go back in time and be present at this moment! Mary has come to the tomb to honor Jesus one last time by caring for his dead body. When she sees that the body is missing, not for an instant does she imagine the truth of what has happened. Her fear and sadness only deepen with the loss of even the small act of respect she was prepared to offer that morning.
But then, with one word — her own name on Jesus’ lips — Mary moves from complete despair and misery to indescribable joy!
How will you allow yourself to be changed by this Lenten journey? How can you increasingly live your life inspired by the joy offered through Jesus?