Gospel – 7/22/20 – John 20:1-2, 11-18
On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew,
“Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her,
“Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going 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 then reported what he told her.
I find it amazing, in the patriarchal society of the time (and still today), that a woman brings Christ into the world. Then it’s a woman who announces his rising from the dead. Neither time is a man called to such an awesome duty.
Mary Magdalene, was the first to meet the Risen Christ and the first to announce the Resurrection. And for that, she has endured being cast as a sinner and prostitute. Yet, this woman is who was always near Jesus in the Gospels.
And then, she is who he chooses to appear first at the Resurrection.
The patriarchy tried to diminish, destroy her.
Jesus chose to resurrect her – much as he himself arose.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…