The Easter story begins with confusion and excitement.
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple … Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
This is not just a garden of peace, but also a garden where excited young people run to see who can be first there, to find out what has happened.
There is a place for calmer reflection though. Mary, the first one to be excited by what seems to have happened, waits in the garden. And waiting, she encounters the risen Jesus:
Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher).
We pray that we may we find the excitement and the peace of Easter and come to know the risen Lord.
Risen Lord Jesus,
as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden
on the morning of your resurrection,
so may we meet you today and every day:
speak to us as you spoke to her;
reveal yourself as the living Lord;
renew our hope and kindle our joy;
and send us to share the good news with others.
Team Priest, Forest and Avon Team
This prayer is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.