Tuesday, March 25, 2008
But Mary stood at the sepulchre without, weeping. Now as she was weeping, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid.
They say to her: Woman, why weepest thou? She saith to them: Because they have taken away my Lord; and I know not where they have laid him. When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and she knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith to her: Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, thinking it was the gardener, saith to him: Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith to her: Mary. She turning, saith to him: Rabboni (which is to say, Master). Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God. Mary Magdalen cometh, and telleth the disciples: I have seen the Lord, and these things he said to me.
John 20:11-18 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father I think we all know how Mary Magdalen feels about loosing Jesus. He saved her from sin and followed him. Going from one life to one of holiness was a big change. Her mourning for your Son was great, and Jesus when he revealed his presence to her, brought her joy. Just as it would for all of us. But she was holding onto Jesus in a way that wasn't allowing her to live life and at that time wasn't letting Jesus ascend to you. What do we do for those in our life that holds them from attaining your heavenly glory. Is our love for those who pass on so great as to hold them back from you. But even more is their inability to let go of the earthly love in order to attain your heavenly love. We are all touched by you and Jesus in our lives in numerous ways, and yes some of us cling so tightly for fear of loosing you. But we also have a very beautiful gift for all time, is your loving presence in the Eucharist and we need not fear of ever loosing you again. But to go out and proclaim your Risen presence.