Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
When Mary Magdalene sees Jesus after his resurrection, she doesn’t recognize him. Their speech reflects their distant social locations: Jesus calls her “woman” (“ma’am”) and Mary calls him “lord” (“sir”). His question invites her to speak his name, but she doesn’t – Mary focuses on where she thinks Jesus’ body is. It isn’t until Jesus says Mary’s name that she turns and recognizes the beloved teacher. Like Mary, we weep in the wake of Jesus’ dislocation, yet he speaks our name even when we do not at first recognize his body in the world.