Thursday 22 July 2021

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St Mary Magdalene

Song of Songs 3:1-4 / 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, my God – Ps 62(63):2-6, 8-9. John 20:1-2, 11-18.

Mary, go and find the brothers and tell them

It’s been five years since a Vatican decree declared the liturgical celebration honouring St Mary Magdalene a ‘feast’, putting her on par with the apostles. Saints are honoured with either a ‘memorial’, a ‘feast’ or a ‘solemnity’, with solemnities ranked the highest, followed by feasts and then memorials. St Mary Magdalene’s celebration was increased from a memorial to a feast because she had the honour of being the first witness to the Lord’s resurrection. Today we remember the confusion and sorrow of Mary Magdalene as she finds the empty tomb. We are with her as she, blinded by her fears as much as her tears, does not see the angels waiting in the tomb, or recognise Jesus when he asks her why she is weeping. We feel her joy when Jesus calls her by name, and we know that Jesus calls each of us by name to go and tell our brothers and sisters of God’s glory.

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