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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,
"Rabboni," which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Stop holding
onto 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 of Magdala went and announced
to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and what
he told her.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are the source
of all life because you are life itself. Your resurrection
gives me the hope of being raised from the dead
to rejoice with you in heaven forever. I need to
reflect more often on the good you have done for
us and on your promises to those who put their
trust in you. Thank you, Jesus, for taking up your
life again and leading the way home to heaven. I
love you, and I want to follow after you with
all my heart. I want to cooperate more fully with
you in bringing many others there with me.
Petition: Lord, grant me a faith that is alive, operative
1. Blinded by Love, Mary Stayed Weeping: St.
John observes that “they did not know the scripture, that
he must rise from the dead” (John 20:9). Because the
reality of the Resurrection had not yet entered into the
mind, and much less the heart, Mary stayed weeping outside
Christ’s tomb. Take this moment to contemplate this moving scene
which shows Mary’s deep love for Our Lord. Even angels
could not persuade her with their questioning: “Why are you
weeping?” Admire her love; imitate her love; want what she
wanted – to be with her Lord, always! May our
love for Our Lord give us the same fortitude in
love that Mary showed at the tomb.
2. They Had Taken
Her Love Away: Poor Mary! The sorrows of her life
were so mean and pitiful. One sad day, desperation had
led her into a life of prostitution. With her dignity
gone, her empty soul seemed suited only to be a
haven for roaming devils (cf. Luke 8:3; Mark 16:9). The
world, the flesh and the devil saw her only with
contempt and selfish opportunity. But Our Lord had seen her
differently and loved her differently. The love that he had
restored to her life, however, was now trampled upon as
she contemplated his empty tomb. See her heart, already heavy
with grief and horror as she had witnessed her Lord
mistreated, beaten and crucified. All these thoughts welled up in
her mind and caused her to conclude, “They have taken
my Lord.” Feel the depths of her helplessness as she
finished her thought: “And I don´t know where they laid
3. “Why Are You Weeping?” Mary’s love was at
the right time, in the right place and for the
right person. Her tears were for her Lord. Jesus, moved
by Mary’s expression of love, would not let her remain
in such a state. It is now Christ who asks
her, “Why are you weeping?” In effect, Jesus is saying,
“The sins of your past will no longer have power
over you. Nor will those cruel men, or the devil.
I am here and I am the Resurrection, the Way,
the Truth and the Life! Sin, evil men, the devil,
and death itself might stake their claim on you, but
they cannot have you, for you are mine! I have
bought you with the price of my own blood; I
have laid down my life for you, my friend!” Our
Lord sums up this great truth with but a simple,
tender utterance of her name: “Mary”. Yes, Jesus knows us
personally and loves us in a personal way. We must
come to our senses and believe in the truth of
the Resurrection. We must believe in Jesus.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, you lead me to life everlasting. Let me draw
ever closer to you, trusting always in your ways and
never fearing the cross. May I love you from the
little cross of my life, whatever its form or character
Resolution: I will seek out a friend I
may have alienated by my bad example or lack of
self-control, and I will strive to be reconciled through a
generous act of charity and understanding.