Sunday, April 9, 2023

Easter Sunday 2023

Appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene
(Public Domain Photo Reproduction (Wikimedia) of the oil painting depicting the risen Jesus Christ speaking with Mary Magdalene, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (Ca. 1835)

"Meanwhile Mary stayed out side near the tomb, weeping.  Then, still weeping she stooped to look inside and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet.  They said 'Woman, why are you weeping?' 'They have taken my Lord away' she replied 'and I don't know where they have put him'  As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognize him. Jesus said, 'Woman why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?' Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, 'Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him', Jesus said, 'Mary!' She knew him then and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbuni!' which means Master.  Jesus said to her, 'Do not cling to me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go and find the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' So Mary of Magdala went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her." (John 20:11-18)

Note: Scripture passage is from the  Jerusalem Bible copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York,