Friday, 24 July 2020

A woman’s story (Part 5) Re-commissioned

John 20:15-18
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” 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!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

“There are two important days in a woman’s life: the day she is born and the day she finds out why“ 
When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams

Women have always known
how to multi-task
How to do a hundred things
on the way
And there are times, in the melee
when we lose sight
of the one thing
that is ours to do
Often, we rely heavily
on our sources
of comfort 
and affirmation
for sometimes those 
are in short supply
Mary Magdalene
encountering the risen Christ at the tomb
knew she was being re-commissioned
and must leave the love she knew
to embrace the future
that was promised
Learning when to hold on
and when to let go
Discerning what is ours to do
is the work of every woman
who continues to carry
the seed of new life today.
Still the Risen Christ meets us
and tenderly shows us the way.
Do not hold on
Discover the one thing
that is yours to do
and do it
as only you can
with the love and courage
and strength you possess 
to live into Resurrection

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