Posted by: livingscripture | April 26, 2011


From the Word of the Day 

Mary…turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but did not know it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?”

              John 20: 14-15                                                               

How should we live this Word 

Mary Magdalene had hurried to the tomb, drawn by the person of Jesus even though she thought of Him as a cadaver closed in the tomb. Instead, she meets a surprising fact. Jesus is standing before her but she does not recognize Him.

The first consideration is precisely that Jesus has risen from the dead.  It is really He, the Rabbi fromGalilee.  Yet something is different. Mary Magdalene and the others who approach Him afterward do not encounter the same semblance as before.  There is a transformation in His human appearance.  Now, His divine nature shows itself more powerfully,  just as His human nature was more evident during His passion and death.  More important still are His questions, first to the Magdalene and then repeated to us today.

“Why are you crying?”  What is the real cause of your suffering?  “Whom are you looking for?”  Where is your heart directed?  Which person, if found, will give you peace?  These are certainly two questions of very strong existential meaning. Mary was weeping because the Person who was the center of her heart and her existence had been taken away.  She sought Him alone, as one who is dying of thirst seeks water.  It is very important that these two questions provoke us as well!  One suffers for the person or the thing one loves and not for anything else.  Our tears are proof of this.  The heart’s one true love is God and every true gift in His name without being blinded by avidity for a false love.     

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder these two questions and my answer to them.                                                                                                     

Lord, order my affections during this holy time.  Grant that I may love ardently without being possessive or domineering. 

The voice of St. Ambrose, Church Father

Recount the joy that accompanies you who are encircled by Christ’s light, the glorious splendor of the Father, source of light and Day that illumines all days.

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