Monday 22 July 2019

About Today Readings

St Mary Magdalen, Apostle of The Apostles
Song of Songs 3:1-4 / 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. Psalm 62(63):2-6, 8-9. John 20:1-2, 11-18.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, my God – Psalm 62(63):2-6, 8-9
‘Mary stood weeping outside the tomb.’

Today we celebrate the great Mary Magdalen, apostle of the apostles. The first witness to the resurrection, the one who stood firm at the foot of the cross. Her fidelity and love for Jesus resounds through the ages.

In today’s gospel it is early in the morning when Mary Magdalen arrives at the tomb. She notices Jesus has been taken away and runs to Simon Peter and the disciple Jesus loved. Later, she stands weeping by the tomb. First angels and then Jesus ask her ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ Kept from seeing, she believes Jesus to be the gardener. But Jesus calls her by her name: ‘Mary!’ This changes everything.

What an incredible moment of transformation! From sorrow to joy, despair to delight. She brings news of his resurrection to the disciples. Her exultant announcement ‘I have seen the Lord’ is sacred to the memory of the church.

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