LENT: OUR JOURNEY OF JOY – BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD!
The first stage of loving is often sheer gratitude! Jesus had cast out seven demons from Mary, and now she was the one who stayed at the tomb.
‘Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that is was Jesus.
“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
So Mary Magdalene went to his disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. -John 20:11-16, 18
The moment of recognition for many of us was the moment when Jesus called our names!
‘All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him. The watchman found me as they made their rounds in the city. “Have you seen the one my heart loves?”
Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go.’ -Song of Songs 3:2-4
Equipping@Hatfield would like to give gredit to Delia Smith, from whose book most of the Lent Journey content came from.
Delia Smith – A Feast for Lent. 1983. The Bible Reading Fellowship, Oxford, UK.