“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, “Teacher!” – John 20:13-16 (NLT)
Mary had probably started crying many hours before Calvary and continued through sleepless nights and endless days. It is hardly any wonder that on this morning she would be emotional and confused; that when she came face to face with the Lord, her swollen, tired eyes did not recognize Him. “Why are you weeping?” Jesus asked her, for the time of sorrow was over and the time for rejoicing had come and, with it, an end to all our tears.
I rejoice in You! When I feel I am in the darkest place, You wipe away my tears, calm my fears and hold me in your arms.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©