John 20: 11 – 18
“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
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.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
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.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”
Today the fasting ends and the feasting begins. Today the penitence gives way to celebration. Today the risk, the challenge, the call of justice intersects with the joy of God’s provision, accomplishment, and secure promise of resurrection.
Today we say, “Thank you!”
Today we receive joy, energy, inspiration, encouragement.
Today empowers us for the road ahead.
Blessed Easter friends!
God, you who bring dead things to life, grant us the gift of resurrection today. The gift of resurrection when we are weary, when we are afraid, when we are overwhelmed, when the odds are against us, when the forces against us seem insurmountable. We cannot fully express our gratitude for your presence with us, for your invitation to participate with you, for all the ways you empower us to continue your work of making all things right. As we celebrate today, let our hearts overflow with praise. Amen.