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July 22, 2014

St. Mary Magdalene, disciple of the Lord

Jn 20: 1-2. 11-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Called By Name

I recently met with a young woman who was defeated by both her mother’s cancer and the labor of caring for her. One day, while the young woman was preparing a bath for the mother, the mother gently touched the young woman’s arm and gently, sweetly called her “Daughter.” For the first time, she saw her mother as not just a mom, but as a woman with vulnerabilities and desires. In turn she saw herself as the woman she longed to become. At that moment, consolation replaced defeat. She now felt a deep desire to respond in a new way to God’s invitation to care for her mother.

Like the story of the young woman and her mother, today’s Gospel reveals how being called by name can move us closer to God. In the midst of such sorrow, Mary Magdalene and Jesus call each other by name that reveals the depth of their relationship. It also provides Mary with the strength to “go and tell” the news of the resurrection.

Reflect on a time when you have been called by name. How did that change your view of yourself? How did it invite you deeper to love God and others?

—Jeffrey Sullivan, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Wisconsin province, is a faculty member at Loyola Academy, Wilmette IL.

Prayer

Life-giving God, you first entrusted to Mary Magdalene the joyful news of Jesus’ resurrection. By her prayers and example may we proclaim Jesus as our living Lord and one day see him face to face.  Amen.


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July 22, 2014

St. Mary Magdalene, disciple of the Lord

Jn 20: 1-2. 11-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Called By Name

I recently met with a young woman who was defeated by both her mother’s cancer and the labor of caring for her. One day, while the young woman was preparing a bath for the mother, the mother gently touched the young woman’s arm and gently, sweetly called her “Daughter.” For the first time, she saw her mother as not just a mom, but as a woman with vulnerabilities and desires. In turn she saw herself as the woman she longed to become. At that moment, consolation replaced defeat. She now felt a deep desire to respond in a new way to God’s invitation to care for her mother.

Like the story of the young woman and her mother, today’s Gospel reveals how being called by name can move us closer to God. In the midst of such sorrow, Mary Magdalene and Jesus call each other by name that reveals the depth of their relationship. It also provides Mary with the strength to “go and tell” the news of the resurrection.

Reflect on a time when you have been called by name. How did that change your view of yourself? How did it invite you deeper to love God and others?

—Jeffrey Sullivan, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Wisconsin province, is a faculty member at Loyola Academy, Wilmette IL.

Prayer

Life-giving God, you first entrusted to Mary Magdalene the joyful news of Jesus’ resurrection. By her prayers and example may we proclaim Jesus as our living Lord and one day see him face to face.  Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!