Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” Luke 24:5

He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.

Come, and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:7


Rejoice, Mary! … “found” expecting joy!

Words resounding in your heart,

sorrows replaying in your mind,

weakness bewails your very being.


Rejoice, how can it be? How can it be

that he is dead, brutally

pierced by Roman soldiers


he was gone

by seeing

blood and water gush

from his side.

They knew

his life was through.


You ponder Mary:

“How can I

have my son return,

for I have not known

death to be so kind?

How can

I rush to be with him

when he must be

about his

Father’s business?”


“My friend

apostle Mary

walks and talks

with him

in the garden.

But I, the mother

abide at home,

with kind John,


that anything

is possible

with God.”


Especially now Mary’s heart sings,

only now her joy in glory rings …


“Christ, my son, has risen from the dead,

trampling down death by death,

bestowing life to those

abiding in the tombs. Alleluia!” Taken from the ancient Resurrection Hymn


Sorrows harbored in her heart,

rejoicing “known” from the start!


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