Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Mary Magdalene was beside herself with fear and grief as she found her way in the early morning light of the third day to Jesus’ tomb. Still weeping, she was hardly aware of the other person in the garden, and could barely voice the earth shaking question – “Where is he!!” The point is, Jesus was right there with her. She needed to only hear him utter her name and turn around so she could lift her eyes to his, to find the love and truth of the circumstances in which she found herself. So today. Always when deep grief is present, Jesus is but a conversation away. It is when I am most overwhelmed with fear and sadness that Jesus is right there, whispering my name, reminding me who I am in God’s sight, and waiting to have me turn and catch his glance, proclaiming with certainty the truth and comfort of his love and presence. Then like Mary Magdalene he tells me to go and tell others that he is risen from the dead and goes before us into the way he has prepared for us. When fear and grief threaten to drown me, will I continue to weep and wail that Jesus isn’t where I left him, or will I remember that it is at times such as these that Christ Jesus is closest to us, if I will only turn away from the ‘nothing!’ to the Someone. Risen Jesus, in my fear and sadness let me realize you near me.
You show me the way of life. In your presence there is fullness of Joy! (Psalm 16:11)
“I have seen the Lord!”
Mary Magdalene, St John’s Gospel 20:18
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.