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Monday, April 17, 2017
By Melanie Rigney
Peter said (to the Jewish people), “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (Psalm 33:5b)
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and said to him, "Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni," which means Teacher. (John 20:15-16)
Lord, teach me.
Mary Magdalene was full of words and requests…and probably worries and grieving and nervousness… when she thought he was the gardener. Would he send her away or jeer at her or have her arrested? Would he tell her where they had taken Jesus, and would he let her take the body? Any caution she might have for herself or concern about the two disciples who had left for home was overridden by her need to care for Him. Indeed, moments before this encounter, she talked with two angels, and in her grief, that didn’t seem to have fazed her one bit.
But there was only one thing to say after he called her by name and she turned to see Him:
No questions about what had happened or how or why, or what would happen next to Him, to her, to their friends, or to those who hated them.
It was all she said. It was all she needed to say. It is all we need to say.
Set aside your concerns about the past or the future. In prayer today, simply listen to what the Teacher desires to teach you.