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Faith Daily | 6 April 2021


PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER


Almighty God,

you have conquered death

through your dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ

and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant us by your grace to set our mind on things above,

so that by your continual help

our whole life may be transformed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

in everlasting glory.

Amen



GOSPEL for the Day: John 20: 11-18


11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and 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. 13They 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.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus 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.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus 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.’” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Debbie Pringle


When I look at the figure of Mary Magdalene I am struck by the love she had for Jesus, her response to His love for her.


Jesus had cast seven demons out of Mary. She was part of a group of woman who travelled with Him and His disciples and helped support them out of their own means (Luke 8:2-3). She may have been the leader as she is always mentioned first in the Bible’s lists of the women. There is nothing in scripture to suggest that she was a prostitute, an idea popularised by Pope Gregory’s Easter sermons in 591AD.


Mary watched as Jesus was crucified, saw where He was laid (Matthew 27: 55-56, 61), went home to prepare spices and perfumes for the body and then rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:56).


Mary must have been emotionally and physically exhausted when she came to the tomb for the second time that Sunday morning, expecting to find a dead body. Earlier in this chapter we are told that when she first arrived at the tomb, she saw that the stone had been rolled away and ran back to tell Peter and John, who then came to investigate. Mary had now returned and they had left. She was outraged and upset to find the body missing. No wonder she cried (wailed is a more accurate translation). Her tears turned to joy when she recognized Jesus. She wanted to cling to Him. Jesus (gently, I’m sure ) told her that she mustn’t do this. He needed to ascend to The Father and she needed to tell the disciples that she had seen Him.


FINAL PRAYER: Bruce Prewer


In the light of Easter dawn,

while disciples in whispers

passed their despair one to another,

you arose at the call of the Father,

bringing light and immortality to light,

warming hearts with inextinguishable joy,

and rehabilitating doubters and deniers

with a love that overpowers the gates of hell.

Jesus, the Word made flesh,

Jesus, friend of sinners,

Reconciler of the whole universe,

the resurrection and the life:

Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

Our allegiance and gratitude are yours for ever!

Amen



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