Some were watching at a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, Joseph and Jesus. Mark 15:40
For the three years of Jesus’ ministry, Mary Magdalene followed Jesus. She loved his life – overflowing and abundant – living life flat out at 100%. Wherever they went, she proudly told her story. Here it is:
Mary grew up in Magdala, a prosperous seaport. She wasn’t prosperous. How could she be – possessed – occupied by seven demons, an emotional illness that controlled her thoughts. She begged for mercy. None was given. But then came Jesus and he wasn’t repulsed by her. He came near. As he did, Mary felt a great light forcing her dark away. Suddenly her companions – delusions that possessed her- they were begging for mercy – none was given. And Mary was healed – restored. Everyone in Magdala was amazed at the change.
How could Mary respond to this man, Jesus? How could she not love him? Since that day, Mary decided to be there to support Jesus and his ministry. Mary of Magdala decided to show up for Jesus.
Now, fast forward three years. The religious and political leaders were stung by Jesus’ truth telling. And together they decided to do away with him. They whipped him until his flesh was filleted and then hung him on a cross. Mary was there. However hideous was his suffering, Mary was there. He cried out in pain, Mary was there. He died and they placed him in a tomb, Mary was there. Where were the disciples? They were hiding in fear. Mary was there. Mary showed up!
Mary responded to Jesus’ love by showing up. The grace that saves Mary saves us. Jesus showed up for us by suffering and dying.
Mary showed up for Jesus. You can too. Jesus needs you to show up. How? Love God and Love Neighbor!
Prayer. Dear Lord, please give me the courage to show up. Amen
P. Stevens Lynn, Pastor Emeritus
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