John 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? Who 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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you
wanting to grow in my knowledge of you and wanting
to grow in love for you. I want to show
my love by truly loving others as you have loved
me. My falls are many, yet I trust in your
grace never to stay down and always to get up.
I trust that your mercy will change my heart. So
I stand before you, ready to listen to your words
and ready to unite myself more perfectly to your most
Petition: Lord, grant me
a love similar to Mary Magdalene’s passionate love for Christ.
1. The Lone Guard: How sad
Mary Magdalene must have been as she sat and wept
outside our Lord’s tomb! Our Lord had healed her soul;
he had cast seven demons from her heart. She had
stood at the foot of our Lord’s cross, along with
the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John. She had washed
our Lord’s feet with her tears; now her tears flow
down her face. She’s alone. Or rather she experienced an
existential loneliness in the face of the bitter events of
Good Friday. But she wasn’t alone. We are never alone
in our suffering. Do I suffer alone, or do I
open my heart to Our Lord in all my trials?
2. “Mary!” - How Mary
Magdalene must have endeared herself to our Lord. The other
followers were locked up in their rooms. Yet here was
this simple, humble woman, trying to accompany our Lord in
the only way she knew. We have much to learn
from this beautiful soul. How she moved the heart of
Jesus! She’s the first one he appears to after his
resurrection. What a gift. What a gift to have the
Risen Lord say your name. Despite her anguish she wishes
to honor her Lord who she is about to discover
is God. In moments of trial and pain, do I
remember to honor God with my thoughts, desires, intentions and
actions? Does he remain number one for me no matter
what I’m going through?
Ultimate Message: As Mary Magdalene touched our Lord’s heart, he
would now touch hers, and she would become the apostle
to the apostles. She’s the first one to announce to
the world that our Lord has risen from the dead.
Jesus is the Lord of life. What was moving through
her heart as she hurried towards the apostles? Let’s ask
Christ for that gift – to have the same zeal
as Mary Magdalene did as she went to proclaim that
she had met the Risen Lord! Am I a witness
to the saving message of Our Lord including, or especially,
in the midst of great personal suffering?
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, I want to endear myself
to you just as Mary Magdalene did at your tomb.
Then, fill me with the joy you instilled in her
heart on that first Easter morning.
Resolution: Today I will see how I caxn help at
my parish, in imitation of Mary Magdalene’s assistance to our
Church 2,000 years ago.