As I watched and listened, once again, to a dramatization of Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, and John from the Cross this Easter Sunday, I saw a revelation of Mary… a blessing in disguise.
Mary Magdalene, having first gone to the tomb and seeing first-hand that Jesus lives, is not by coincidence or error, but by God’s divine appointment. When we sit at the Lord’s feet, hang on His every Word, carry His oil, seek first the Lord’s presence and daily bread, and when facing Him from our knees, having found ourselves before Him so humbled, it is from here God anoints with His blessing.
I can understand Mary’s position. Her heart and ears were open when Jesus first told of what was to come… she was there, hanging on His every Word [and again… ‘a stone’s throw’ from His tomb]. She was humbly poised to receive, as ‘even the least of these’. When His Words fell, she was ready to catch them with ears to hear. Nothing of His would be discarded and no cost too great to bare for Jesus, from her viewpoint. She saw passed man to His divine call. Mary… was vested for the cause of Christ. And Jesus saw her heart, her humility, her place in His kingdom, and her good thing… to be remembered.
And Mary was blessed… again and again
Matthew 27:55,56,61, Matthew 28:1-10 [See below]
I can imagine then… now.
Oh my God, I want to remain at Your feet… hang on Your every Word, wait upon You alone Lord, for perhaps there is a mission You have designed for me… “for such a time as this”.
Oh my God… and when others seek to know by what authority and way do I come by this knowledge and by whose direction I follow and live> I pray I speak loudly, with conviction and coherence. And let not my words, but Yours Lord, be the words that are heard and received.
And my God, may I have even the scraps from Your table? I do not seek fame from Godly appointment, or provision from the world’s limited resources, but by Your Hand alone Lord… that I should receive.
As told by a Mary… for such a time,
50And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. 51And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep in death were raised [to life]; 53And coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54When the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over Jesus observed the earthquake and all that was happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, Truly this was God’s Son! 55There were also numerous women there, looking on from a distance, who were of those who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him. 56Among them were Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. 57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59And Joseph took the body and rolled it up in a clean linen cloth used for swathing dead bodies 60And laid it in his own fresh (undefiled) tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a big boulder over the door of the tomb and went away. 61And Mary of Magdala and the other Mary kept sitting there opposite the tomb.