Your Plus1 Assignment: Pick a country you don’t know much about. Do a bit of research on it and pray for that country this week.
|Share… One high and one low from today.|
|Read… John 20:11-18
Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.
|Talk…Imagine together what it must have been like to find the tomb of Jesus empty. What would you have felt? Imagine being Mary and hearing the voice of Jesus for the first time since his death. Remember, she thought he was dead. What would you have felt? What would you do with news that exciting?
|Pray… For each other, for those you love, for your church, for your fellow students or coworkers, that they might experience being rooted in God’s grace through Christ.|
|Bless… End your time by making the sign of the cross on each other and saying these words: May the Lord bless you and keep you.|