Prayer: Almighty God, show us your love and give us hope through your Word. In Jesus name. Amen.
Mary Magdalene, Apostle
17 Jesus said to her, “…But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
When exciting things happen, both young and old want to tell others about it. Especially good news. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the good news of the resurrection. Jesus told her to go tell the news to the disciples. Mary was therefore the first apostle—messenger—as she told the other followers of Christ. She told the others “I have seen the Lord” (v. 18).
Our devotion writer declares; “Like Mary, we all have great news to share. God has blessed us so richly. The Lord gives us the gift of forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life with God. We have the Holy Spirit within us, giving us peace, guidance, and God’s presence.”
“Not everyone is called to be a missionary or an evangelist, but all believers are called to be partners with Christ in drawing the world to himself. Our prayers, our giving, our witness, and our service have great impact as God uses and multiplies the seeds of love that we sow.”
Prayer: “Risen Lord, there is so much good news to share. Help us be willing partners with you. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Resurrection of Jesus
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.