“When she (Mary) had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.” John 20:14
Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
As we move through this Holy Week, my prayers are with you that you will hear, anew, the stories of our Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection and that you will be transformed by their telling.
Like Mary in the Easter story, we may not always recognize Jesus in our midst. The challenge for the Christian is to re-shape our understanding of the taxonomy of the world to reflect God’s taxonomy in which those who are least become first, the smallest are the greatest, and death has been vanquished, offering eternal life to all.
On that first Easter morning, Mary could not see Jesus because her ability to connect with God’s new story of triumph over death did not occur until… Jesus spoke her name: “Mary.” It was then, in that moment, that God’s story connected to Mary’s story and she saw the gift of the resurrection.
We’ve spent time this year exploring our stories and how God is calling us to new places as disciples. May this Holy Week and Easter, containing the most compelling story of all time, move you in new ways and invite you to walk more closely with Jesus on the Way.
May you and those whom you love know the joy of the resurrection.
In Christ’s Love,
The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan