Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
Matthew 27: 61
We talked about this once at church – there are loads of Marys in the New Testament, at least six. It was the most common woman’s name at that time and in that place. The Marys and the many other women who are referred to in the gospels were among the most faithful of Jesus’ followers. They walked with him, they supported his work practically and financially, they listened to his teaching, and all through the long days of his trial and death, they witnessed and stood with him. Here we find them sitting at his tomb, as the day closed and the stone was placed in front of the opening. It must have felt like the end, the absolute end of everything.
I can’t help wondering, though, whether they might have thought about that other Mary’s brother, Lazarus, who was raised from the dead. Might there, perhaps, even then, have been the tiniest spark of hope somewhere in the depth in their hearts as they sat there, together, looking at the tomb.
Prayer: Lord, all of us come to a place, at some time in our life, where everything seems to be at an end, and we can’t see a way forward. Give us, we pray, when we reach these times, the spark of your hope and love in our hearts, enough faith and courage to take the next step on the path that you have set before us. Amen
Action: if you see someone who is struggling, whose courage is failing, say a prayer for them and try to get alongside them – why not have a walk, or a cup of tea?