On Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb.

Here is an excerpt from John’s account.


“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;

and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). “             -John 20:11-16


‘Rabbouni!’ is the first word, the word of recognition from the mouth and from the soul, of Mary Magdalene. ‘Rabbouni!” is the word given to the one who understands who she sees and who she hears. It means teacher.

Today, on Easter, can we address the Risen One like Mary?

“Teacher,” we might say, ”Would you teach me?”

“Teacher, would you reveal knowledge and understanding to me?”

“Teacher, my heart and my mind are open to receive. Tell me what I need to know…..

about gardens.”

“Tell me what I need to know about being a caretaker of creation.”


“Speak. Your servant is listening.”


digital illustration by Kevin L Miller


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