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Tuesday, 06 April 2021 07:00

Resurrection Reads #2 - When Jesus calls your name

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Today as we pray with the stories in the gospels about the resurrection, we turn to the appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene in John 20:11-18.

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 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. 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.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 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.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 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.’” 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.



2021.22.Resurrection Reads 2 Mary Magdalene

I wonder what it was like for Mary to hear Jesus call her by name. I wonder what his voice sounded like. I imagine it to have been a very poignant moment, for Mary’s immediate response was to greet Jesus and then to go forth to share her encounter with Jesus with the disciples.

When he spoke her name, she was transformed. The same invitation is open to us. This gospel invites us to sit and ponder, to imagine our own encounter with Jesus, and to hear him speak our name, bringing about deep transformation in the ways we need most.

Speak my name Jesus – and remind me of your tender love. Open my eyes to see you always and ever present.

Speak my name Jesus – and surprise me with your grace. Help me to know your presence in pain, in seeming absence, in every single moment.

Speak my name Jesus – into my lethargy. Shake me and wake me from the sleep of half-heartedness.

Speak my name Jesus – into my busyness and fatigue. Teach me to let go and give me strength, showing me the path that you desire me to follow.

Speak my name Jesus – and stir me to love you more as I hear your voice.

Speak my name Jesus – and (what do you ask of Jesus?)

Mel Edwards