11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:11-18, NRSV)
Have you ever seen someone and not recognized them?
I mean we all probably wonder how is it that Mary saw Jesus but didn’t know who he was? I mean she had been with him for a long time and knew him.
But also remember that she is in deep despair and anguish. She has just lost some she loves deeply and then only to discover that his body is missing. You might not recognize yourself in that mess.
But the moment Jesus says her name.
She knows Him. It is the most wonderful sound you can hear. Jesus calling you by name.
Jesus calls you name, are you ready to respond. To hear the sweet sound of God calling you by name and sending you to go.
Know that God loves you and died for you, and is alive now and calling you by name. Listen and hear God calling, and follow where God leads.