April 16, 2017
Trevor Southey (1940-2015), Jesus and Mary: The Moment After, 1975, oil on board, 72 x 144 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1975.
Today is Easter Sunday. Today we celebrate the miracle of Jesus Christ’s glorious resurrection. Three days following His death and burial in a garden tomb, Mary Magdalene found the tomb empty. Mary Magdalene was a humble and faithful disciple who had been transformed through the Lord’s teachings. She was with Him as He taught, while He suffered on the cross, and she was among those who buried Him. And on the triumphant morning when He rose again, Mary became the first witness of Christ’s resurrection.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
John 20: 15-17
This painting by Trevor Southey is on display at the BYU Museum of Art in the current exhibition, To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and Devotion.