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Mary Magdalene …

Her world was filled with grief… it threatened to overwhelm… to engulf…Her friend, her Saviour, the one who taught her soul what it meant to experience acceptance had been brutally murdered.

The ravages of post traumatic stress threatened to consume her.  Disbelief… searing pain…How did it come to this?

Filled with grief, trying to find a safe place to release the pain that erupted her soul she stumbled to Jesus’ grave side.  Wanting to mourn… to find release in its power.

As she approached the grave side she saw Jesus risen but didn’t recognise him her grief and pain so great.

Her mind was not expecting to see Jesus.

Her heart was not expecting to see Jesus.

Her soul was not expecting to see Jesus.

Then he said her name, “Mary, ” and she saw him.

Lent

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Seeing God is a struggle of the soul.

Our soul sees the world in which we inhabit.

It sees the hard of the circumstance we find ourselves in.

It believes that God will act.

It cries out to God for recognition in the midst of the circumstance.

But it struggles to see.  Like a horse with blinkers on it runs the race of life wanting to see God, desiring but struggling to see the promise of the divine.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

The power of expectation inhibits the ability to see God!

It is almost incomprehensible that God could be visible in any way other then the expectation set and established by the soul.

I often find myself being Mary Magdalene wanting to see Jesus alive and active but not able to do so because of expectations and beliefs.

This is my prayer this Lent, the period of living simply, of prayer and fasting that I will allow my mind, heart and soul to see God at work.

To see the invisible supernatural world…in my simple natural life.

That I will be Mary able to see what was there all the time …. the risen Lord, the risen Jesus.

My Lent prayer…Let me see…

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Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene  John 20:  11 – 18

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

What is Lent?

Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.

When is it?

It is 40 days before Easter.

Soul Care Activity this Lent period

To practice seeing God through prayer for one another’s bothers.

To practice believing that God is going to be active in responding to our prayer.

To pray to see the divine in the our bothers – to begin to recognise the divine.