Crying is body alchemy meant to restore the sacred geometry of our individual consciousness. Like rain on land. It's not an accident that Mary Magdalene weeps tears. Margaret Starbird tells us that the Beloved Mother ponders sorrows in her heart but Mary Magdalene cries. When the sacred feminine is moved to tears, things change. There is a physiology to tears that helps move the mind.
Jesus was away from her and the family, trying to talk the intellectual talk with the headstrong. He was told his beloved Lazarus was sick but he didn't come back. He knew the "raising" was at hand. But when he saw his truly beloved Magdalene crying, he groaned in spirit and was troubled. And then the raising happened.
Some authors have talked about Lazarus representing consciousness expansion, expansion of awareness outside of whatever currently "is". For consciousness to expand there needs to be divine light and earthly feeling. A head and a heart. Mary Magdalene's tears specifically move Jesus to make an affect on things.
Jesus needs Mary Magdalene as much as she need him.
Apparently weeping relieves the body of chemicals created by emotional pain. A new awareness of things can happen when tears carry these chemicals away. When they're kept in the body.... when the headstrong point of view stays in charge.....nothing changes. When tears come, consciousness can expand. It's a head and heart story, a story of Sacred Union.
My friend Sandra Pope calls this "the tend and befriend Magdalene", remembering that tend and befriend is the Sacred Feminine's response to a stuck and fearful situation. Instead of "fight or flight" we "tend and befriend". Crying is part of the positive movement of change of consciousness.
Mary Magdalene's tears are different in this piece of story. They are an essential part of creating the movement of things to a good outcome. They are "verb" kind of tears, necessary to move the divine into action and change the situation. For myself, these kind of tears don't feel like anything but heartache when they're happening. It's only in retrospect that I see what they did. Weeping brings on the Mystery of transformation.
Jesus needs Mary Magdalene as much as she needs him.