July 22, 2016

The Gospel Today
Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
John 20:1-2, 11-18

On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary 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 Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he told her.


Reflection (Sem. Gail Pabalate Cruz)

I was raised by a simple family back in our place in Pampanga. Having the only grandson in my grandmother’s house, I was her favorite. I always accompany her every Sunday morning to go to the chapel near us to clean and arrange the flowers and curtains just before the Mass at nine in the morning.

The Gospel reading for today relates to us in so many ways. In our lives we always ask God’s help for us to be comforted, to have what we need, and we always seek God’s presence because it gives comfort to us whenever we realize that Jesus is journeying with us every day. I have been through a lot of challenges in life and by God’s grace I had overcome them.

But there are still times of trouble when I easily think God is not around, especially during my sufferings, whenever I am encountering failures in life in any manner. I always ask “Is there really God?” I sometimes lost the awareness that God is just beside me joining me in my sufferings, through our families and loved ones but most of the time we do not see.

Let us always be aware that we have a resurrected God that is truly raised from the dead and a God that is alive and victorious. Like Mary Magdalene in the Gospel, let us always remind ourselves that in every burden there is a light that will cover all our anxieties. In my life, God always shows me His light that I may always feel His incomparable love, and in that way, I may be able to proclaim, “I have seen the Lord,” Be thankful everyday because everyday God is pouring His graces and blessings to us for “Everything is Grace”

I remember a priest friend always telling me whenever I am down, “You are down, but you are not yet done, though Jesus Mercy there will always be a victory” Be thankful everyday because “Everything is Grace” God is alive he resurrected from the dead because he loves us, a merciful God willing to sacrifice everything for us.