John 20: 13-18

They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." 14} Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. {15} Jesus said to her, "Woman , why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him,  "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." {16} Jesus said to her, "Mary ." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). {17} Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." {18} Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, "Go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."  In this way, Jesus made Mary the first apostle; the first preacher of the Gospel.  The first sermon was five simple words: "I have seen the Lord!".  With these words Mary Magdalene shattered the gloom and fear of Good Friday, and brought hope to the world.  "I have seen the Lord!"  No longer does death rule the day.  For Jesus has come back from the grave; to give life, hope, and forgiveness.  "I have seen the Lord!", and He is no longer dead.  He is alive! And so shall we live!!

It is quite an honor for Mary Magdalene to be chosen as the first preacher of the Good News of Easter.  Some say, Mary Magdalene was the prostitute whom Jesus forgave and saved from the angry mob.  If so, she was saved for this purpose; to tell the disciples about the Resurrection.

On Good Friday (April 10) we remember the death of Jesus with a service of darkness.  Then, the darkness is shattered by our Easter celebrations.  With joy we hear the Easter Proclamation, "He is Not Here! He is Risen!".  For this proclamation is our salvation!  But, like Mary, we have been saved for a purpose; to tell others about the Resurrection.  To go to the world and say, "I have seen the Lord! He is Risen!". 


Happy Easter!!