Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her.
Lord, I have often wondered about the scriptures about Your resurrection. Why were the women the first to hear of Your resurrection? Why didn't Mary recognize You? How was Mary holding You here? There is so much we don't understand. Increase my faith. I am very anxious to be with You. I wish to understand what the gospel writer intended and the message You want us to know.
I do believe that You died on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. I do believe that You came for this purpose to save mankind; to save me. I do believe that You love me beyond all telling. Thank You Lord, I long to be with You in heaven.