Early that morning, the first words we hear are those of Mary Magdalene, one of the bravest people in the Bible. She was ready to face ridicule or even worse from the Roman guards in order to care for the body of Jesus. After finding the guards gone and the tomb empty, we can hear the pain in her words:
“They have taken away my Lord.”
Isn’t our situation similar today with our empty worship spaces? Then even when Mary sees Jesus, He tells her she can’t touch Him.
We can’t gather together for Easter – certainly not at church, and perhaps not even within the warm embrace of our families. But our faith in God, our hope that God’s loving will be done, and our love for God shown forth in our love for one another, will hold us together through these difficult times.
Let us pray together for the gift of Easter joy, and the healing of all suffering in this time of illness.