The One Who Called Stars by Name

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out. John 20:16

Jesus, the one who called stars by name (Psalm 147:4), awakes a universe of hope within Mary just by calling her by name. There’s something about that tender voice, that gentle and strong and hopeful voice, that brings a person back to their center. 

Jesus has a habit of calling people by name. Sometimes changing their names to one he deems more suitable, sometimes not. But always reminding us that he is not just “the Big Man Upstairs” or some generic higher power. Jesus is a real person, even now, after the resurrection. And he interacts with real people, and he does so personally. Individuals, who have names and stories and dreams and heartaches, matter.

Today would you take a few minutes to rest in silence? Perhaps find a quiet space at home or go to a park or close your eyes where you are right now. Breath deeply a few times and then ask Jesus to meet you personally in some way. Listen for him.