11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
- Why do we believe the worst about situations?
- Do you believe your fears or your faith first?
- Has Jesus been at work in your life without you realizing that it was Jesus?
- Does that happen in this story?
- How important is it for us to look for Jesus in the midst of our worry and fear? Why?
- Mary is instructed to go to the others and tell them about Jesus. Would you consider this a form of service?
- How might this service bring healing to Mary?
- How might this service bring healing to the others?