"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking
he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where
you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned
toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!"
It’s Easter Sunday, the first day of the week! The seed which was sown on Friday has produced a harvest of hope for today. The Messiah, who was utterly defeated and who we had thought was never to return, raised a flag of victory on Calvary and has placed a beacon of salvation in the deepest depths. The echoes of hope are sounding, like bells from a steeple, throughout the cities of despair. Every persecuted person, every impoverished prisoner, all who have been crucified can brave the night and hope for new creation. Jesus’ vindication through resurrection was not only the resurrection of God from death but it was also the vindication of all broken people. We may say “tonight, I will not be afraid,” because the crucified king, the light of the world, has been raised from the darkness. The stone has been removed and the tomb of death has been opened to a garden of life.
Jesus, the gardener of Eden, cries out to us if only we have ears to hear, “Today, you will be with me in Paradise!”
...He is risen indeed!