John 20 details Mary Magdalene’s trip to the tomb of Jesus on the third day since Jesus’ crucifixion. She stands outside the tomb crying, thinking that perhaps Jesus’ body has been stolen. In her sorrow, she is posed two questions from a man she mistakes for the gardener: Why are you crying? Who is it that you are looking for? It turns out that the man who posed her these questions was no ordinary man, but Jesus Himself.
Today, the same two questions that Jesus posed to Mary may be posed to us instead. Why are we crying? Who is it that we are looking for? These questions can be helpful as we consider the difficulties we experience in life, for the answer to the latter question is of infinite importance.