11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to looka into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,b “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Expecting death and finding life…
How often do we go into a situation that is stressful expecting the worse, rather than hoping for the best? We say we trust God but then sometimes live by Murphy’s Law – if anything can go wrong, it will. The logic behind this is that we won’t be disappointed. BUT in reality, we live out of a constant sense of expecting disappointment.
Mary went to the tomb to find a dead man. Instead she found Jesus, risen from the dead and very much alive. He had risen victorious over sin, death and hell. He STILL lives today and wants to be the Lord of our lives. Expect God’s best.
Lord, we don’t want to be unreal in our optimism, but at the same time we expect great and awesome things from You. Hold us close, teach us to trust You more and may our days be filled with Your Divine Presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.