Sunday, April 17, 2022

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John 20:1-18 read by Mark Beingessner

Resurrection of the LORD, Sunday, April 17, 2022

John 20:1-18
Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb while it was still dark. When she saw that the large stone had been moved away from the tomb, she ran to Simon Peter and the follower whom Jesus loved. Mary said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.”

So Peter and the other follower started for the tomb. They were both running, but the other follower ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and looked in and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in. Then following him, Simon Peter arrived and went into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying there. He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head, which was folded up and laid in a different place from the strips of linen. Then the other follower, who had reached the tomb first, also went in. He saw and believed. (They did not yet understand from the Scriptures that Jesus must rise from the dead.)

Then the followers went back home. But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she bent down and looked inside the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white, sitting where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and one at the feet.

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

She answered, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have put him.” When Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus.

Jesus asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Did you take him away, sir? Tell me where you put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Hebrew language, “Rabboni.” (This means “Teacher.”)

Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, because I have not yet gone up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going back to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, “I saw the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We are in the throes of grief. Grief has gripped us. We have lost our LORD, teacher, and friend, Jesus. We have awoken today to another day of grief, sorrow, loss, and fear. But your ways are not our ways. You are interrupting our grief and calling us to the garden so we can see for ourselves your wonderful, most amazing miracle yet.

Creator and Master Gardener, on this glorious Easter day, we join with creation to sing your praises. We sing “up from the grave he arose!” It can be difficult to see you or recognize your presence. We hear you call us by name, and we recognize your voice and your presence. You conquered death and show up in the most surprising ways. Praise to you, Lord of Life. 

I come to the garden to see you today, LORD Jesus, and thank you for…

Christ the LORD is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise our joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, all heavens and earth reply, Alleluia! Creation sings of your glorious resurrection in great symphonic choruses to you, Jesus, our LORD, and King. Grief interrupted; we join them in songs of praise.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Isaiah 65:17-25
Luke 24:1-12
Acts 10:34-43
1 Corinthians 15:19-26


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