In the Easter reading from the Gospel of John I believe Jesus appears to Mary first because she needed that experience the most. She was lost, she was weeping in despair and the darkness of the past three days was all around her. Jesus simply says “Mary”, and in an instant her world and our world was changed forever. In his resurrection Jesus does what he did in his earthly ministry. He came to the disheartened and lifted their spirit with the love of God. Jesus was back, but this time his ministry would be the whole world.
The tomb is empty and our spirits are full because Jesus Christ is risen today. Our hope in peace and joy and love is reborn today. The long trial of the pandemic seems to be surely lifting and our community will soon enough be able to gather in-person again. Light shines on us very brightly today and we thank God for these blessings upon us. And so I ask you what does the resurrection of Jesus mean to you, what does Easer mean to you today?
Please do take the time to ask and answer yourself that question and let it refresh you. I don’t know what your answer will be, but of this I can most certainly assure you – God’s reaction to the empty tomb this Easter is this; today Jesus is standing before you, standing right before you and with a love that words alone cannot explain Jesus says one word to you; just like Mary at the tomb, he calls you by name. Answer the call and be transformed once again. He is risen, he is risen indeed. Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah! Amen.
The Rev. Patrick Blaney