The small, beautiful thing

4/3/2007

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb. . .” — John 20:1

 

When asked if she had written "the big book," the writing that was the summit of her life, the scholar replied, "Oh, I prefer to do the small, beautiful thing."*

 

Mary Magdelene did a small, beautiful thing. She went to the tomb early, while it was still dark. Going to the tomb in the darkness was a small humble, human act of devotion, love and courage.

 

Seeing the stone rolled away, she ran to tell Simon Peter and the other disciples. When they heard her witness, they went to the tomb. St. Augustine long ago observed that Mary Magdelene was "the Apostle to the Apostles." 

 

Easter light and power fills small acts of devotion, love and courage. Each of our human efforts is small in comparison to the expansive, radiant, victorious power of God. And yet, our human efforts are filled with God's radiant love and power. 

Through our small, beautiful offerings we announce with Mary that we have seen the Lord. 

 

Thank you for the ways your faithful witness through the Risen Christ heals, helps, welcomes and inspires those around you. 

 

Easter blessings of radiant joy.

 

*Stephanie Paulsell, "A small, beautiful thing," Christian Century, March 20.