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Opening Prayer

Holy Spirit, open my mind to your word. Help me to understand what it says and to be sensitive to what it means for my life. Amen.

John 20:1-18

          Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

          Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed—for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.

          Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.
She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

          “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

          She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

          She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

          “Mary!” Jesus said.

          She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

          “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

          Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

Points to Ponder

  1. What did you find most interesting or noteworthy about today’s reading—and why?

  2. What’s the key message of this passage (e.g., what might it be saying about God, what God does, or about his desires for us)?

  3. What does this passage say to me about how I might be a more faithful follower of God?

 

All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Copyright © 1996, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.