Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Full reading – John 20:1-18
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Reflection: How do you come to recognize who Jesus really is?
When searching for God my natural abilities are not sufficient. God’s presence exists in all things and in all places but my senses are not tuned to open my heart and mind to understand. Once I accepted you, dear God, into my heart I was changed and become aware of you in ways that I could not have imagined. Christ provides many gifts to allow us to sense his presence while on earth. Always just at the moment I need Christ in my life the most.
Lord I accept you in my heart and mind and want to be your follower. I want to change and become better; more honest, more caring, more loving, more like you in all I say and do. But I am prone to fail. You have sent strangers to; say a word, do a kind act, or simply smile, to calm the beast inside of me. To change the skies from dark to pure blue, and bring a smile on a saddened heart. You have made the rain smell like perfume from heaven. Yes, you are always near and provide for someone like me. Thank you Lord for loving me. Amen