Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.I love this part of the Resurrection story.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.
It's Mary's worst nightmare being turned around into her greatest joy. I identify very deeply with Mary's emotions in this passage.
Personally, I find it odd that these angels asked her why she was crying. Um, I'm sitting here at a TOMB; isn't it obvious? And you're angels; aren't you supposed to have supernatural powers? But perhaps she needs to be asked what she is really grieving about, for her own sake, for clarity.
I imagine that she would be crying because he died, but she says she is crying because she doesn't know where he has been taken.
The love and longing in her simple request speaks volumes to me: “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Oh, let me have his precious body back, please! The power of that physical longing, to be near the one who has gone!