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Holy Week Devotional - Easter Vigil April 16 by Tania Clement

APRIL 16  
EASTER VIGIL

Matthew 28:1-10

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.”
                              Matthew 28:5

The yellow sticky note on the dashboard of my car read, “Look for The Messiah.” The note had been placed there to remind me to search for my copy of Handel’s amazing work. The choir was rehearsing a particular passage and I wanted to use my own score. I looked for it in the place where my music is always kept. It should have been there. It was not.

The women who came to the tomb early in the morning, came there to continue the vigil they had begun at the cross, and had kept on through Jesus’ burial, just prior to the Sabbath. They had seen his body placed in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea only a few hours earlier. Jesus should have been there. He was not.

 “I know that you are looking for Jesus,” said the messenger from God. Are not we also looking for Jesus? We do not expect to find him in the tomb, but our vigil is no less important. To keep vigil is to keep watch. To keep vigil is to be mindful. To keep vigil is to remember. Jesus spoke to the vigilant in the garden that morning. John’s account is my favorite. Mary Magdalene was among those looking for Jesus. She was in his presence even before she knew it. He saw her there and spoke her name. It was in that moment that she found him truly. Cannot you just hear his voice saying, “Mary, I know you are looking for me. I know you are thinking about me. I know you are listening to me at this very moment. I am right here.”

Tana Clement

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