Intention: For God’s blessings on the participants and staff at the Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers.
Today’s Gospel | John 20: 1-2, 11-18
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”
Mary 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 Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her.
From the Meditation on St. Mary Magdalene | St. John Baptist de La Salle
This love (Mary Magdalene) had for Jesus Christ so filled her heart that once she was converted, she resolved never to abandon him again. She was one of the holy women who followed him everywhere on his journeys and supplied his needs and those of his disciples. At a banquet held in Bethany, where Jesus was present a few days before his death, she poured a fragrant ointment over his feet and later accompanied him even to Calvary, where she saw him die. She did all this to show that she could not leave Jesus Christ, so deeply did she love him.
Are you as faithful to follow Jesus Christ when he causes you to suffer as when he showers you with his blessings? Alas! As soon as someone says something to you that causes you some pain or you are given some reproof, do you not show your resentment? On occasions such as these, you must show that you follow Jesus Christ and are one of his disciples.
Eternal Father, your Son called us to pay attention to all moments in our lives so that we might always be awake to your presence and power. Send to us your Spirit to teach us how to recognize you as you move in our midst. Strengthen us to go out into our world, proclaiming with our lives your Kingdom of unity and peace and justice. We ask this of you, who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.