When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). (John 20:14-16)
“She did not know it was Jesus”. When I read these words I am reminded of all the times in my life that I did not know it was Jesus. The peace I found in the midst of heartache and distress. There was Jesus offering comfort, whether I asked for it or not. The times I have succeeded in school, work, life. That was due to talents and gifts given from God, not from my work alone. And the homeless man on the street asking for help. That’s Jesus – reminding us that we have so much and others have so little.
It’s tempting to call on Jesus when we think we need things. We are under the impression that we can handle life on our own and that Jesus will swoop in to help us when we ask for his help. But Jesus is there always. Gently guiding, providing people in our lives at the right times, calming our fears about new opportunities, and reminding us of his desire for how we should live.
God, please help me open my eyes and know that it is Jesus.
Michelle Dupré — busy working mother