The two men left. They were disoriented, almost tripping over each other in the dark as they walked away at a hurried pace, but the woman stayed. She could not leave, and felt that her heart would burst should she follow them.
Terrible grief rose up from within her and tears flowed down her cheeks. Her heart was a ball of knots. In the quiet of the morning she thought she would wake the entire city with her sobs and that the soldiers would come to chase her away and that she would die if they forced her to leave. Again, she peered inside the cave where they had laid his body.
Two beautiful figures sat opposite each other on a stone shelf inside. They shone like bright white lanterns. “Woman, why are you weeping?” they said in unison. Their voice was soft and terrifying and seemed to surround her. The darkness had retreated from the cave and, though her vision was blurred by tears, she could see everything inside, including the burial cloth which lay between them. His body was not there.
“They have taken my Lord, and I do not know where they laid him” she said as she exhaled a deep sob. Then she turned away from the cave entrance and she saw him.
“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” he said. Her heart pounded in her chest. She thought she would faint.
“Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him” she said as she hunched over placing her hand on the stone exterior of the cave to steady herself. She believed he was the gardener.
“Mary!” His voice was love. It consoled her and filled her soul with sudden joy.
“Rabbouni” she said as she turned back toward Jesus, almost collapsing as she embraced him.
“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.'”
The knots squeezing her heart loosened and fell away.
Mary of Magdala could not remember her walk back from the tomb, but when she arrived in the dark room everyone became silent. She smiled through tears of joy and told the disciples “I have seen the Lord!”
The Bible is the Word of God. This piece is not meant to alter the Word of God in any way. It is meant only to assist the reader in meditation.