We Have Seen the Lord

By Scott Murphy, Council of Twelve Apostles

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.  John 20:18

When scripture becomes formational in our lives it flows from our capacity to see life and the human condition in the characters of the gospel story. 

In John’s Gospel witness, we find the story of Mary’s encounter with the risen Christ at the empty tomb. In her despair and grief, Mary sees Jesus but does not actually see him. That is, until he says her name, “Mary!” That familiar sound opens her heart and life to see Jesus alive.

When I ponder Mary’s experience, I realize that too many times I probably see but don’t actually see the presence of the living Christ in my life. Yet, when the presence of God’s Spirit does something in my life, that familiar presence opens my heart and eyes to the awareness that Christ is with me. In those moments of extraordinary surprise and joy, I experience God’s gift of grace and hope.

When Mary received this extraordinary news of Jesus’ new life, she went and proclaimed to the other disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” Mary’s proclamation joined with the disciples’ encounter with Jesus. That expanded the proclamation to, “We have seen the Lord!” As the Easter story unfolds in our lives, we become part of that expanding witness.

The tomb is empty. Christ is alive. He is present in the world. As disciples, we need to be intentional in seeing where Christ is working among us so we can say with great joy, “We have seen the Lord! Come and let us show you.”

Prayer for Peace:

God, you make yourself known to us through your Son. You reveal where Christ is working among us and ask us to join you in sharing his peace. Thank you, God, for the presence of the living Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Honoring the Worth of All Persons

Each day this week read Psalm 139:13–18. After each reading sit quietly and let the deep meaning of the words sink into your mind, heart, and body.  What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)?

Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you. Ask God for an awareness of the sacred worth of each person. How are you being invited to introduce the hope of Christ into the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will intentionally see Christ, listen to what he says, and follow where he leads.

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