That morning when Mary went to Jesus’ tomb (to mourn and pay respects) she found it empty.
At this point, in her mind, an empty tomb was NOT a good thing. Immediately she became concerned with who took the body… and to where.
In all the grief and confusion, Mary did not recognize Jesus when he appeared to her in John 20:13-16:
“They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’
Many of us are ‘clinging’ to grief and doubt… and it is keeping us from ‘going’ in the direction of faith and recognition of God in our lives. Mary had to have Jesus right in her face before she could ‘see’ clearly.
What about us? Jesus is present in the world today… in all of our lives today. Can we let go of clinging to doubt and the troubles of life long enough to see God face to face in the circumstances of our lives?