When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning what was his first question? “Woman, why are you weeping?” This he asked because there was nothing to be crying about. Jesus was not dead. It was not a sad time. It was a happy time. Of course she did not know this at first but as soon as she recognized Jesus her tears turned to joy!
Still today Jesus asks, “Why are you weeping?” We already know that Jesus has risen from the dead and that in the end everything is going to be all right but still we weep, still we doubt, still we complain. Surely in life we have sorrow and difficulty and God does not expect us to be smiling all of the time. Deep inside we never need to weep because of Easter. Life will ultimately triumph over death, good will always defeat evil, and love will overcome the power of hatred.
Whatever is breaking your heart, whatever makes you feel sad, remember to light a candle of hope in your heart and trust in a good God who will make Good Friday become Easter.
Why are you weeping?
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson