Posted by: livingscripture | April 6, 2010

Easter Tuesday

From the Word of the Day

 Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.”

                                                 John 20: 18

 How should we live this Word

 Today’s Gospel gifts us with the intimate witness of Mary Magdalene in regard to Jesus’ resurrection.  She loves Jesus deeply.  She followed Him with the other women.  She stood beneath the cross when Jesus died.  And now, she is at the tomb.  Certainly, she had heard Jesus speak of His resurrection.  But how was this to be understood?  Mary does not seek explanations.  Her response of deep faith is to remain with Him, even near the tomb.

 This is the cause of her sorrow at not finding Him.  “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid Him.”  The only object of her passionate search is Jesus.  She is blind to all else: the empty tomb, the angels, even Jesus, whom she mistakes for the gardener.  She repeats, “Sir, if you carried Him away, tell me where you laid Him, and I will take Him.”  Jesus then reveals Himself to her, calling her by name, “Mary!”  She responds, “Rabbuoni!  My Teacher!” 

 It is important to note here, as at Emmaus, that Jesus does not make Himself known immediately and when He reveals Himself, He is different.  At first Mary does not recognize Him but averts His presence in the intimacy of her name and in the inner awareness of faith and love.  There, in the sacred space within her self she experiences great joy.  She has found her Lord.  She will never be separated from Him again even when He ascends to the Father.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will come to You, Lord Jesus with great love and trust because You know me deeply.  You know me by name.  You send me to witness to the brethren that You are risen and You make us participants in Your new and eternal life.

 Lord Jesus, how is long for You to enter and be part of my life that I may participate in Your intimate life.  I want to taste Your presence and cry out to everyone that You are my Lord!

 The voice of Michel Quoist, contemporary spiritual master

 Marked by the fire of Your love, it is now done Lord.  Now I know that You are present at my side and I peacefully labor under Your loving gaze.  I no longer know the struggle to pray.  It is enough for me to raise the eyes of my soul toward You, to encounter Your gaze.  And we understand each other.  All is peace.



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