Pastor Mark shares this poem, XV Easter Dawn by Malcom Guite
He blesses every love which weeps and grieves
And now he blesses hers who stood and wept
And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s
Last touching place, but watched as low light crept
Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs
A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.
She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,
Or recognise the Gardener standing there.
She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,
Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light
That brightens as she chokes out her reply
‘They took my love away, my day is night’
And then she hears her name, she hears Love say
The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.
As we remember the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to remember that our Lord is about the least, the lost, the last and the little. Mary Magdalene was one of the least, the lost, the last and the little who was close to Christ. She was someone that was avoided by others. She was demonized by seven demons. Her past haunted her. But she is the only person who is present in every resurrection story of the gospel.
What can we, as followers of Christ, learn about ourselves and about Jesus as we look at who Mary Magdalene was and what she meant to him on this resurrection Sunday.