"Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means "Teacher"). (John 20:16)
We have talked, before, about the names we answer too so I want you to think for a minute about the name you answer the fastest to. It kind of depends on who is calling your name - right? I can answer, pretty fast actually, when I hear "Grandma!" We don't always, especially when we are upset, hear our given name though. I can remember hearing, but not connecting and answering, to the full list of my names from several people. It usually ends with our full name - first, middle and (sometimes) even our last name - especially when we are upset.
The readings today are talking about following where God is leading, doing what God is asking us to do. In acts we are hearing how the Disciples were "witnesses of everything" Jesus did, of Jesus' death AND of Jesus resurrection. (Acts 10:39) In Colossians we are reminded WE are supposed to thinking about what God is asking us to do because we are "hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3) Then, in the Gospel, Jesus calls Mary, by name, and she "turns toward him." (v. 16) Mary changes direction from upset and confused to listening and doing.
So..... are we? Throughout Lent we have looked at the POWER we have been given, through the Holy Spirit, to do what God is calling us to - are we doing it? As Caregivers we are tired, upset (a lot of the time), and confused so have we heard God calling? Is our "full" name being used? Something to think about.....
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