This is a FB post I wrote in July, soon after the Aurora movie theater killings. But I’m in the midst of a blog that reminds me of this post, and I feel the need to share it on this blog that I started using this fall. So if you’ve read it before, know that it is as true now as it was then. We all need Mary Magdalenes and defiant alleluias in our lives.
As I listened to this sermon (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2012/07/sermon-about-mary-magdalen-the-masacre-in-our-town-and-defiant-alleluias/) responding to the massacre in Aurora, CO, (and I highly recommend you listen to it instead of reading it, particularly so you can add your hallelujahs to those of the singers at the end), I thought of all you Mary Magdalenes who have shown up for us in so many ways, by visiting, calling, feeding us, listening, praying, reading these posts, sending messages both electronically and by snail-mail, mowing our lawn, and through a host of other actions.
I particularly thought of Alex’s Mary Magdalenes who sat by the railroad tracks immediately after his death and sanctified that place of darkness with their presence, constructing these crosses from items they found there or bringing flowers and homemade crosses to lay at the foot of the rails, proclaiming in their own way that darkness and death do not have the final word, that a light shines in the darkness, and that the darkness will not and cannot overcome it, singing their own defiant Alleluias. At the time, I did not understand or appreciate as I do now the symbolism of your actions, but I want to thank you now for that gift, which means so much to us.