There’s Mary Magdalene, rushing to the tomb on that first Easter morning. She was the lone visitor. She found it empty. She told her friends. They came and left. She stuck around.
Then Mary Magdalene saw a man she didn’t recognize. But he recognized her. He called her name, ‘Mary.’ And in an instant she smiled and called his, ‘Rabbi!’
Mary didn’t recognize Jesus until he called her name.
This was a way of recognizing who she was, so she could recognize who he was. He reached out to her so she could reach out to him.
This is what the Easter story is all about: God reaching out to us so we can reach out to God - God thinking of us, so we can think of God.
In fact, grasping this simple truth unlocks the freedom, joy, and happiness you and I turn to faith to find:
It’s God’s job to think of us, and our job to think of God.
Now let’s go, and do our jobs.