Tag Archives: Mary

Who Is It You Are Looking For?




Jeremiah 31:1-6

Colossians 3:1-4

John 20:1-18

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Humans are searchers. From birth, we want to know what is out there. At first, it is trying to figure out what those moving blobs are that sometimes pick us up and sometimes feed us. We move on to other things that wander into our ever-sharpening vision, always seeking to know, and understand. Each year our universe expands until we see stars that existed millions of years ago.

Even then we search.

It is all good. We are better for understanding how the world and the universe works. But we also need God. Many of us are searching for God in all the wrong places; we do not even realize that it is God we seek.

In the Gospel reading, we see Mary standing at the empty tomb, weeping tears of sadness. She was thinking, ‘he died, now he is missing.’ Mary was looking in the wrong place. More to the point, she did not know what she was looking for.

Of course, if you go back to the start of the chapter, Peter and (likely) John were also clueless. They went away.

But Mary stayed, at least to be close to where Jesus had last been seen.

It was then that a stranger spoke to her. She was looking directly at Jesus, but did not recognize him. He was not the same Jesus she had walked and talked with. “Who is it you are looking for?” NIV

That is the question for us. Who am I looking for? Will I know him when I see him?

Jeremiah tells us that God said, I love you with an everlasting love;
this is why in my grace I draw you to me
CJB In the end, God finds us.

Jesus simply said, “Mary,” and she recognized him. Jesus found her.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

The King of Glory

Malachi 3:1-4
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40
Psalm 24:7-10

What an incredible forty days it has been.  I am not sure I can stand my isolation for eighty days if I birth a girl.  But now, here we are in the Temple and I am about to present my sacrifices.  It is all overwhelming.

Giving birth to the Son of God was not easy.  The pain was as bad as mother and my aunts said it would be.  I wonder that God did not make it easier for me.

Joseph has been so unselfish, after his first shock.  I could not ask for a better husband.  On the eighth day, he took Jesus to the synagogue for the covenant of circumcision required of all Hebrew males.  I wished I could have gone, until he told me how loudly Jesus cried.  I might have slapped the mohel.

Now, clutching my two poor doves, I am eager to be cleansed and more than ready to move in with my new husband, if only we could decide on where to live.

I was so pleased and excited that God arranged for Simeon and Anna to meet us.  Their blessings still ring in my ears.  Yeshua.  The Hope of the nation.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

Comfort Ye

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
Luke 1:46-55


Isaiah directed his words to a suffering people, lost in a wilderness of self-indulgence, caring little for others.  He spoke of punishment and suffering, of justice for those who have caused pain to others.  And he spoke of comfort.

The wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  …the ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.

When Mary visited Elizabeth, the soon to be mother of John the Baptizer, she gave a prophecy that Isaiah might have uttered.  He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts….  He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

Jesus, the Messiah, he who had begun to form in Mary even as she met Elizabeth and the yet to be born John, gave comfort to John as that great prophet languished in prison, awaiting his execution.  Jesus did not claim anything that had not been promised centuries before by Isaiah and many others, all speaking the Word given to them by the God of the Word.

The blind see, the lame walk, lepers cured, the deaf hear, the dead raised.  Take comfort John.  You have done a mighty deed.  Accept the Peace of God.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence