Jesus said to her, „Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?… Jesus said to her, „Mary!”
John 20: 15, 16
|Painting by Mathias Gruenewald, Retable d’Issenheim
|Reflexion by Henri NOUWEN|
WHEN YOU FORGET YOUR TRUE IDENTITY as a beloved child of God, you lose your way in life. Insecure and frightened, you act not freely, but out of fear.
You become preoccupied trying to please others and you lose the confidence to be yourself. You work hard to avoid rejection, or abandonment, and you may cling to people more from fear than freedom. In making compromises you may please people but lose touch with your original blessing, the connection to the deep and everlasting love of God.
Jesus announces to us, „Do not be afraid. I dwell in you till the end of time.”
Alleluia! Christ is risen, and we are no longer afraid.