Death may not be the end of the story, but death is in the story. Like many of us, Mary is deeply feeling grief, loss and trauma after the loss of a beloved friend. She goes to the tomb, sad and disoriented and from the midst of those feelings, she encounters God. The resurrection joy she experiences does not take away her trauma but it does transform it. God is calling each of our names too, coming alongside and desiring joy and wholeness for all God's children even in the midst of our pain.
Image: SMC's Flower Cross, Easter 2022, Vija Merrill