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Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her.
It is important to see that the first person Jesus appeared to and gave a message to was a woman. It shows the honor that Jesus gives to women in His ministry. He did not say to get them, He told her to go and tell them. People think the Church does not give women a place of honor because they cannot be Priests. Jesus gave women an important and honored place and we serve that way today. What do you think the role of women is in today’s Church? Do you honor them in their role?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving all women an honored place in your ministry. May I always do your will in all I do for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, Alleluia!