Mary Magdalene on Easter Morning

Mary Magdalene on Easter Morning

John 20:11-16

 

The dawn
is cold
and gray
as it has been
ten thousand times before;
but it had never been
so cold
so gray;
as if the sun
had gone dark
as if the light
would never shine again.

 

The fog clings to her
a damp shroud
chilling her spirit;
tears
like dew drops
blurring her vision;
blinking
she faces
the depth
of her grief.

 

Blinding brightness
as if the sun
had risen there
within the grave;
muffled words
in a sweet
but unfamiliar
language;
shielding her eyes
she turns away.

 

Returning
to the normal,
the mundane,
the safe
and comprehensible;
a common man:
a grave robber, a thief,
a common criminal –
What have you done
with the Messiah?

 

Give him to me;
No questions asked.
I’ll take him off your hands
and carry him away.
No one needs to know:
your secret
will be safe
with me.

 

Her name
spoken aloud
there in the garden
she was suddenly
warm,
alive,
aglow;
birds were singing
and the sun shone
again.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© April 12, 2010

And Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 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.

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.”

After saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, “My lord, if you have carried him off, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means “beloved teacher”).
~ The Gospel of John 20:11-16

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