Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

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.

John 20:11-18


Dear Father we read of the account of Mary being one of the first to see the Risen Lord and his admonishment to not hold onto him as he has yet ascended to you. But he tells her to go and tell the disciples what she has seen and she does. What beautiful faith and trust in Jesus we see in this telling. May we too come across the Risen Christ and announce that we have seen the Lord and proclaim his undying love for us. Amen

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