Looking For the Living One in a Cemetery
1-3 At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.
4-8 They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.
9-11 They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.
12 But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.
Read – read the passage carefully, paying attention to the various characters and their responses to the events of the story.
Think – Which disciple or follower of Jesus do you most
identify with in this passage? What is it about that person that reminds you of
Read the passage again, this time putting yourself in that person’s position. What are your thoughts and feelings as you hear that Jesus is alive again? What runs through your mind as you see others’ response? What do you wonder about? Where do you go when you hear the news? What questions do you have?
Pray – Now picture the risen Jesus approaching you later that day, inviting you to spend time with him. How do you interact with him? What do you say? Talk to him about what all of this has been like for you.
Live – Reflect on your prayer time. You might again consider the person in the story you hose and why, or you could think about how your understanding of faithfulness and discipleship was deepened or changed. Write down anything that seems significant.
Lectio Divina study is taken from The Message: Solo by Eugene Peterson.