Unremitting Joy – 15

Peter and the other disciple headed home and once more, according to John, Mary was alone in the garden:

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb.

John 20:11

Jesus had wept and now Mary wept.  While tears express sadness they also express love, Jesus loved Lazarus, Mary loved Jesus.  Jesus wept while Lazarus was still in the tomb, Mary wept not knowing were Jesus was she weeping believing he was still dead, or because she didn’t know what had happened to his body?  We don’t know, but we do know that those tears fell and there was no shame in them, no apologies for them.  Do we apologise for our tears?  Are we ashamed of them when they fall?  Do we hide them away, for we think of them not as tokens of love but tokens of shame, tokens of weakness, tokens of vulnerability.

For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 1:25



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