The Gospel Today
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
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. Kein Harvey Chito)
“I have seen the Lord!” That was the good news of Mary Magdalene to the rest of the apostles. That happened when she was crying outside of the tomb of Jesus. In that account, she did not recognize that it was Jesus who asked her why she was crying.
Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene is the very core of today’s Gospel.
Mary failed to realize it was Jesus in front of her eyes because of her deep grief when she found out that there were people who took Him. There was also an explanation which said that Jesus was in His new version after the resurrection which naturally made Mary Magdalene not to recognize her Lord. No matter what really happened during that time, what was important was that Jesus Christ was very willing to embrace the wounded and those who were weeping.
Try to imagine that you have seen again a loved one who has not been present in your life for a time. What is your initial reaction? Do you recognize that loved one or not? Do you also turn toward this person and cry out loud? Whatever you may be feeling, what is important is that he or she is back. And if ever he or she has transformed for the better, I know that you are proud and just accept the changes that have happened in him or her already.
I also believe that Jesus is transforming you already up to this very moment. He is proud of your goodness and He is very willing to accept you even if you commit sins at times. Whatever guilt is there, Jesus can heal that. Keep in mind that Mary Magdalene, who was has been possessed by seven demons is used by Jesus to proclaim the good news: He is always a part of their lives. This is also the same with you.