April 18, 2017
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
Jn 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. Lloyd Anthony G. Pagulayan)
It has been more than a year now since I first commited my self to faithfully respond to the call for priesthood. Imagine a wedding ceremony with a bride walking down the aisle, taking one small step at time, until I finally reach the altar and meet Jesus as He awaits me there aglow in His overflowing excitement and joy. God must be so proud.
In that ceremony, I’d say “I am taken!” to which Jesus would respond, “Yes my son, you are mine!”
Today’s Gospel narrative on Mary Magdalene is a story of Jesus’ presence in our lives despite His seeming absence which we fear of at times.
Mary Magdalene was rattled and in panic when she found out that Jesus was missing. Take into account our daily stories of struggles at work, conflicts in the family and in other faces of problems we encounter, on those times, Jesus may seem absent but in reality, he is just waiting for us to call on Him and take Him so He could be in full control of the situation.
It may seem at first that Jesus is nowhere to be found but in all actuality He is always NOW(and)HERE and not NoWhere.
In all these, may God be praised.