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Go, tell … – Day 15

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10Then the disciples went back home.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb 12and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13“Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her.

She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!”

14Then she turned round and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15“Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned towards him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher”.)

17“Do not hold on to me,” Jesus told her, “because I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.”

18So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her.

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“Mary”! Her first reaction was to embrace him. Hearing him call her by her name, must have caused her heart to jump with joy. Jesus calls her by name without identifying her with the place she comes from – Magdala. He recognizes her for who she is and not where she is from.

1. What is the first thing Mary tells the disciples?

2. Why, do you think, Mary was the first person whom Jesus appeared to?

3. Is it possible that she was the “beloved disciple”? (See John 1:37-40).

4. “Rabboni”! Her immediate reaction was to reach out and hug him as she used to. But Jesus has a mission, and so does she. “Go … go tell …”

5. Go! Tell … What is your mission in a context where violence is perpetrated against women – just because they are women?

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