April 22, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter 

John 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
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?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
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,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
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.

Reflection (Sem. Julius de Gracia):

Christian is Our Name and Our Identity

     Confusion and fear oftentimes blur our sense of clear-sightedness and moreso affects our capacity to believe and see the spiritual realities that God gives us. This is very true to Mary Magdalene in our gospel today, fear and confusion lurks into her very being.

     The cause of this is valid, the Lord, Teacher and Master Jesus Christ who loves him dearly more than ever before, was now gone and added to that is the body was stolen. What a terrible difficulty for her at this time. She wanted to continue to honor the Lord Jesus in his tomb, but unfortunately this is slowly taken away from her.

     Her very security was lost. This is a good lesson for us to remember that only in Jesus can we ever have our security. All the confusion and insecurity of Mary Magdalene has vanished when she heard a familiar voice calling her name; “Mary”. That was a music to her ears and especially to her heart and soul who was consoled by Jesus’s intimacy with her. For me when Jesus called her and pronounced her name “Mary”, this only means that Jesus knows us better, he knows that we are in need of Him, and he knows what is best for each of us. I believe the short seemingly separation of Jesus with Mary Magdalene is intentional or part of salvific plan, so that the holy longing of Magdalene be truly anchored into the fulfilling mercy and love of Jesus.

     Jesus knows us better, he knows that we are in need of Him, and he knows what is best for each of us.

     In this moments of fear and anxiety let us wait patiently for the coming consolation of Jesus. At times when we are discouraged because of our sinfulness let us never hesitate to approach the confessional for Jesus is willing and is ready to forgive us. In whatever situation we are right know let us continue to pray and be hopeful that in God’s perfect time and place we will hear, see and feel the grace of God calling us each by name to give us the grace we need.

     Jesus know what is best for each one of us. Amen.

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