Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A.R. - Day 2

Be Still:  Dear Father, thank you that You know each one of us, that You love us, and that You call us by name.  May we respond to You in love.  In the name of our risen Savior, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Be Strengthened:  John 20:10-18
10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13They 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." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 

15"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." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).
17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' 18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Be Stretched:  Mary did not recognize Jesus at first.  Why do you suppose that was?  What finally made her recognize Him?  Think of how you feel when someone you dearly love calls you by your name.  Notice that, just as in the other two versions, Jesus sends Mary to the disciples to let them know.  What does that tell us about what we need to do with the Good News of Jesus?

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