The Church of Jesus Christ is rooted in the truth of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s vision for mankind as communicated through scripture. It represents the kingdom of Jesus Christ as He established it here on earth; restored in glory for mankind with the same gifts, ordinances, structure and faith. The Church serves humbly as a gateway through which God’s spirit can be shared with the world. It is a spiritual home for people across the globe and a conduit for God’s blessings and miracles.
I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I see the glass as half empty — and by "sometimes" I mean "most times." I'm not the best at staying positive in the midst of a struggle and I tend to think the worst. It's a bad habit, I admit.
But maybe you would feel the same if your world fell apart right before your eyes.
For three years I followed the Master. For three years I listened and learned, tried to understand His teachings, attempted to comprehend His ways. I left my nets and life as a fisherman to be a "fisher of men," instead.
I saw with my own eyes Jesus arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and I watched from a distance when the Romans nailed Him to a cross. As His blood drained, so did my hope.
As promised, today we're kicking off our week of creative Easter stories! We're starting with Sister Alena Ricci writing from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. Before the story, a quick note from Sister Alena:
Let me first begin by saying that this is one of the hardest blog articles I've ever written. Why? Because this woman was the first woman to see Jesus after the resurrection, and she was the one who washed His feet. Because my first thought was: what do I possibly have in common with Mary Magdalene to write as her voice?
And then I realized that we have a lot in common: we are both saved by undeserving grace.
This article is a mash-up of songs, poems, scripture, and any articles or books I could find in my university library (you may recognize some). So I hope that you enjoy this story of the woman to see Jesus after the crucifixion, and that you have a happy Resurrection Day!