Posted by: livingscripture | April 22, 2014


From the Word of the Day


Mary Magdalene went to announce to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ and what He had told her.”

 (John 20: 18)    


How should we live this Word risen

Mary Magdalene had experienced the suffering of separation from and death of Jesus.  She finds herself alone and in tears with her suffering and her immense sorrow.  She was not yet aware of Easter exultation.  She can only see the emptiness around her and wants to remain close to the One she loved.  She can only exclaim, “They have taken away my Lord…”

Suddenly, she hears the tone of a familiar voice that questions her, asking her the motive of her tears.  Finally, she is called by name and it makes her understand His deep identity, His closeness, His understanding of her sorrow.  At the same time, He invites her to look to the future and to leave her isolation.  He tells her to go to the disciples to proclaim the Good News that Christ is risen and will ascend to the Father.

This meaningful Bible passage helps us to see a part of Jesus’ deep attentiveness to persons, His preoccupation to alleviate suffering.  “Woman, why are you crying?”  Jesus is sensitive to our suffering and desires to bring us serenity and joy.

Jesus is also our Teacher who leads us to avoid keeping to ourselves what is dear and gratifying, to leave our little world and transmit to others the immensity of divine love.  In a word, He purifies us from every attachment to anything and leads us to confide in Him alone.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will listen to Jesus telling me that my thirst for Him never ends in a satisfying communion between two, but is always finalized to making Jesus known by everyone.

My Risen Lord Jesus, grant that I too may rejoice in hearing Your voice calling me by name as happened to Mary.  Open my heart to my sisters and brothers as I proclaim Your resurrection to them.                

The voice of Marina Corradi, Journalist 

Mary Magdalene’s love for Jesus is so feminine.  As a woman, she must be the first to go to the tomb.  She is not resigned to not knowing where His body is.  Finally, she wants the embrace to last forever.  In a maternal physicality, in her inability to be content with words, she must touch Him, embrace Him, and almost cradle Him.  Jesus’ coming out of the tomb seems like a new birth in which the Son first finds Himself in the arms of a woman, whose nature is to receive.


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