January 10, 2020

Aner Morejon – Bishop, Southeast Conference

Bible meditation: John 20:11-18

He asked her, “Woman, 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!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:15-16

Here we find so many beautiful things worth imitating, and my desire is for you to reflect on some of them at the start of this year.

Jesus came to dignify women’s ministry. Women like Mary Magdalene recognize his elevation of their ministries and in response dedicate their lives to him: They accompany him in his ministry, in his crucifixion they are present, and they are the first to go early to his grave. As brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s strive to uplift the work of women in ministry and their contribution toward the expansion of the gospel.

Mary Magdalene longs to see Jesus so much that she desperately seeks him while crying tears of pain. That same yearning must continually be in us. Before an affliction, let’s never leave Jesus as our last resort: We may have other resources, but he is our first.

How wonderful it is to seek Jesus early. Mary’s yearning to see Jesus is so great that at dawn she searches for him. In the same way, let’s make it our priority to seek him early, if possible before the sun rises.

Jesus calls her by her name: “Mary.” Until Jesus says Mary’s name, her eyes are bound, to the point that she confuses him with the gardener. But what is unmistakable to her is his voice. We live in a time when many voices vie for our attention, so we need to identify when it is God who speaks to us, so we can do his perfect will.

And, finally, when she recognizes him, she says: “Rabboni” (“Teacher”). Jesus models what a true teacher is, and Mary — like the other early followers of Jesus — remembers and practices his teachings. In contrast, many call Jesus “Teacher” today yet do not follow his ways. When we call Jesus “Teacher,” let it be because we follow in his footsteps.

Prayer:

Jesus, help me to seek you and grow in my relationship with you in such a way that I will know your voice and follow your lead.