"As the deer pants for streams of water, so
my soul pants for you, O God."
As our tour bus makes its morning stop in the misty March air, we step out and ask a favor from the watchman. A few shekels are exchanged; we are granted access to the outside area of a carefully cordoned archeological dig, yet to become a tourist site. We are at Migdal, where, in 2009, workers came across for the first time a 1st century synagogue where Jesus would have preached. Inside the center of this wealthy house of worship, an engraved seven-branched menorah was found. This might be where Jesus met Mary Magdalene and delivered her from seven demons, inviting her to follow Him. That great transformation in her life may have happened here.
Mary Magdalene stayed with Jesus at the foot of the cross, alongside Mary the mother of Jesus. Her faith would be rewarded later as she was one of the first to find the empty tomb and see the risen Lord. For all of us, it is good to remember who we once were and where Jesus leads us now: to the cross, to the empty tomb, and to rejoicing in His presence today.
JESUS INVITES US TO FOLLOW HIM, TO MAKE OUR WAY TO THE CROSS AND LIVE OUR LIVES IN LIGHT OF THE EMPTY TOMB.