According to the Gospel of John the very first person to see the resurrected Christ was Mary in the garden. She became the first evangelist telling the miracle of the Good News. Jesus instructs her to go and tell the disciples what she has heard and seen, and she does so. Mary’s Easter work was to speak of resurrection and beauty to a stressed and distressed people who have seen the world gone wrong.
What if our Easter work is to speak of resurrection and beauty to a stressed and distressed people who have seen the world gone wrong?
The disciples had just come through the horrors of cruelty and crucifixion. Our friends and neighbors are still navigating the challenges of a pandemic. Mary told the disciples of Christ risen indeed, and they began their new lives as witnesses to the almighty power of God’s goodness. We can share signs of resurrection and beauty and help others bear witness to a present hope.
Perhaps in these days of Easter celebration we can commit to speaking of beauty. When a flower gets our attention, point it out to another. When a friend laughs and it brings us joy, tell them. When someone recovers enough from isolation or physical weakness to take a walk outside, let them know how glad you are to see them up and about. When there is good news to share, share it. When there is Good News to share, share it.
Mary was the first, but her task is given to us all. Go and tell what you have seen and heard. Speak of beauty and help others rise.
Happy Easter to all you beautiful children of God!