Mary doesn't conjur Jesus up. He is not a self-generated memory. She doesn't see Jesus because she believes real hard. The only reason why Mary sees Jesus is because Jesus wants to be seen. Jesus has revealed himself to her. The gracious initiation of a conversation with Jesus, "Mary" begins with Jesus not Mary. Easter is a gift. And what a gift it is!!!
Christianity is a revealed religion. In other words, we couldn't make this story up even if we tried. The amazing thing we proclaim is that "God raised JESUS up." Jesus who lived a life that contrasts so much to ours. He forgave; we bear grudges. He loved everyone; we love folks that are like us. He didn't have a violent bone in his body, turning the cheek; we get even. Why would we want Jesus to be raised?
Easter is a strange gift indeed - a gift of this Jesus being raised. He troubled us enough when he was alive, now, because of Easter, he is going to trouble us forever! No, Easter proclaims that we couldn't make this up. This was something God did, something God revealed to us! So when Mary says "I have seen the Lord." She was making an astounding announcement - "I didn't make this up, how could I? Jesus revealed himself to me that he was alive, and you know what that means now no one is off the hook from his teachings of love!"Is that good news? It was good news to Mary. I hope it is good news to you.