Anyone who golfs knows the frustration of hitting a bad shot repeatedly. How does that happen? I do all I can to change my swing, stance, and grip when it happens to me. It’s like looking into an empty tomb. Nothing seems to work. Sometimes I ask a buddy who is playing with me. When that doesn’t work, I go to the pro who always knows what I need to change. It always works. But I have to repeat the same swing until it becomes second nature consciously.
Mary of Magdala was looking into the empty tomb of Jesus. All she saw were two angels but felt the emptiness of Jesus in her cold, dark heart. She turned around and saw Jesus standing there but didn’t recognize Him. Finally, after a short conversation, Jesus said her name, Mary. She knew it was Jesus. If she had never turned around, she would never have seen Jesus and recognized Him risen from the dead.
That turn is so important in life. We keep looking into empty tombs; a breaking or broken relationship or a poor sense of our self-worth are two examples. There has to be a better way to live, and there is a much better way. TURN AROUND. Consider what you are doing that hurts you, confuses you, and keeps you in a rut. If you ask the question, the Lord will answer it.
Asking the question is the first step we take to see the Lord working in our lives. If nothing comes right away, keep turning away from what you were doing. Each turn drives out the coldness and emptiness in your heart. You will notice a difference in how you feel about yourself and everyone.
While peering into the empty tomb, Mary of Magdala asked, “Where have you put Him?” What is your question?
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC