Feast of St Mary Magdalene: Saturday 22nd July, 2023

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Dear Friend in the Lord,

Mary Magdalene: In today’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene was weeping in great sorrow when she could not find the Body of Jesus, at the tomb.  But, she was instantly overjoyed when Jesus called her by her name, “Mary”.  Ponder on, “Is our love for Jesus as deep and personal like that of Mary Magdalene?  Are we able to recognize the voice of Jesus’ Spirit in our hearts?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

John 20:11-16,18

Mary was standing outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, as she wept, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she replied, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’

As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not realise 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, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’

Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She turned round then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ – which means Master. So Mary of Magdala told the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord,’ and that he had said these things to her.