Post-Easter Devotion

Now that we have celebrated another Easter what does the Resurrection mean to you going forward from here? To me it means looking for God’s incarnation in everything and everyone I encounter, including myself.

11Now Mary (Magdalene) stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13They 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.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15He 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.”

16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20 “The Message”

Mary was the first to know Jesus as the individual man, Jesus of Nazareth and now as the risen Christ.

Apparently, over much of Jesus’s ministry life, she (Mary) had been a frequent witness to the personal, concrete Jesus of Nazareth. But after the resurrection, she also had the unique experience of being the first witness to the Omnipresent Christ.......

Like Mary, we must somehow hear our name pronounced, must hear ourselves being addressed and regarded by Love, before we can recognize this Christ in our midst. And like Mary, we usually need to start with the concrete encounter before we move to the universal experience available to all. Spiritual knowing is an inner encounter and a calm inner knowing that we usually identify with “soul” knowledge. We need this intimate inner knowing because we can’t be left at the visual level or we will always think we can localize, limit, or capture God as a private possession, or as something that can or must be “proven” to others. *

Father God, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for sending Jesus to model the way of how life is to be lived. Thank you for the Christ who mirrors you in us and in all of your creation. Amen.

Mark Autterson

*Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ:Convergent Books, 2019.

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