Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. – John 20.17-22
Christ the Lord is risen today! Hallelujah! As we experience the joy of the Resurrection anew, let us be filled with a Spirit of courage, strength, and belief that all things are made new through the One who created, sustains, and redeems us. We are Resurrection People! And as such, we are called to live as people who truly believe all things are possible with God. We have journeyed together this Lenten season with our neighbors in South Dallas/Fair Park communities and Mozambique. We have listened to their stories of pain, as well as their stories of hope. We have heard their cries for help, and their encouragement for new possibilities. As Resurrection People, let us join them in the renewing of their neighborhoods – the transforming of their communities – so that together, we might join in the mission of Christ to transform the world!
Holy and Living God – nothing, not even death, can keep you from loving your people; may we not allow anything to stop us from loving your people, too. Amen.
Thank you for walking in solidarity with your neighbors in South Dallas/Fair Park and Mozambique this Lenten season. Thank you for listening to their stories. Thank you for seeing them as your siblings in the family of God. And thank you for "giving up poverty" through setting aside an hour's wage or giving up other things we crave as a form of fasting each week of this journey to support the innovative ministries of the Zip Code Connection and missions in Mozambique through MDiM.
Contribute today at tmumc.org/lent.