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Meditation — July 22, 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Scripture:  Mary (Mgdalene) stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,”Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). John 20:11-16

Prayer: Today is the feast day to commemorate Mary Magdalene’s presence at the empty tomb. How often have I experienced  similarly the Lord’s unexpected presence in the turmoil of life, in the insight that a loved one provides—at times in the form of a question— that I had missed though it was just before me?

Response:  See the determination in Mary Magdalene to locate the Lord, and adapt what you are able to your own pursuit of the Lord within—be it in the questions you ask, the stretches of stillness in your prayer, in the listening to others, in the examination of your own soul.

Free yourself of custom and protocol, and pursue His presence in the most unlikely places—a deserted sand stretch at dawn, in the pause you take just now looking out upon the canal, in the thoughts and prayers you hold for loved ones, and in your concerns for the world in turmoil.

Turn toward and within to the Lord who is before you—a Presence and surprise that match that of Magdalene at the base of the empty tomb. Praise God!

All for this morning.

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