Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/21/19

Today please be in prayer for

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Today's Lectionary Text

John 20:13-15 

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.” When she had said 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? 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.”

Today's Devotional

It’s the season of Easter. Our hearts are still thrilled, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. We encounter different characters within the Easter story from the Gospel writes. In detailed discourses, John narrates his Easter story by telling us about Mary Magdalene. Mary was among the first responders of this great Easter morning. She joined the courageous women who went to the tomb to put spices on Jesus’ body. John informs his audience about how Mary Magdalene lingered longer at the tomb, yet Jesus had risen from the dead.

The angels at the tomb announced this great mystery of the resurrection story to Mary and the other women. Strongly, Mary kept on looking for Jesus. Mary was emotionally moved when she saw an empty tomb therefore she wept more. The angels asked her why she was weeping? Yet she assumed more negatives in her thought process. Jesus also asked why she was weeping and what she was looking for? (John 20:13-15)

I think Mary kept on weeping because her mind was loaded with negative assumptions. Now, let’s mirror a bit on the word “Assumptions.” She assumed that somebody had taken Jesus somewhere. The question is where Mary? She assumed Jesus was a gardener and wanted him to tell her where her Lord was laid so she could find him. Oh, that’s deep love for Jesus! What covered Mary’s mindset were the assumptions.

This Easter season, I have been working on negative assumptions which hold me back from experiencing the power of the resurrection. One would say, “What’s wrong in assuming about things? Well, it depends on what one assumes right? In her assumptions Jesus was right there with her but she could not perceive Him. Jesus felt sorry for Mary and called her by name, “Mary! Oh, his tone of voice brought a strong awareness within her and she realized it was the same Jesus she was looking for who called her name.

Assumptions can cloud our spiritual minds and prevent us from seeing our risen Christ. This happens when we think negative things about other people and about life issues too. Don’t forget that Jesus is within your environment. Remember, Jesus is risen! Mary got it right and became an Announcer of the Easter Story. She was spiritually moved by her encounter with Jesus at the tomb and told the first Easter people plainly, “Christ is risen indeed.” We have to be mindful of our assumptions this Easter season and pay attention because Jesus is right there within us. Ponder and act on the message from the women, “Christ is risen!” Amen

--Rev. Ever V. Mudambanuki
United Church of Bennington/ Solomon Yoked Parish


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