Mary crosses the finish line strong, as the very first apostle. Although she struggled at mile 20, she flies past mile 26.2, carrying the message that she saw the risen Jesus. Easter is an invitation to all Christians, both men and women, to run together. We are people equally recognized by Jesus, and equally sent out as messengers with glorious, good news for the world. Wherever you are on your personal marathon, know that you do not run alone. Jesus sees you. In the middle of your pain and confusion, he calls you by name. Then he sends you off toward the finish line that lies before you. Mary is already on the run. Our challenge today is to follow her example.
- John 20:1-18