READINGS for 2006-07-22
Feast of Mary Magdalene, disciple of the Lord
??Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?? ? John 20:15
Sometimes, when I contemplate the depth His love for me, I am so filled with feelings of unworthiness that I want to hide from His presence.
Heal me with your unconditional love, O Lord.
Song 3:1-4 or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
The Book of the Song of Songs is a wonderful canticle to the nature of love. God created love and so it must be good and something to be pursued. Let us pray for the grace that, in our pursuit of love, we will never lose sight of its true nature as self-giving and never get caught up in the way such a pursuit can become selfish and self-absorbing.
1 On my bed at night I sought him whom my heart loves ? I sought him but I did not find him. 2 I will rise then and go about the city; in the streets and crossings I will seek him whom my heart loves. I sought him but I did not find him. 3 The watchmen came upon me as they made their rounds of the city. Have you seen him whom my heart loves? 4 I had hardly left them when I found him whom my heart loves. I took hold of him and would not let him go till I should bring him to the home of my mother, to the room of my parent.
P S A L M
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
R: My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
1  O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. (R) 2  Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, 3  for your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall glorify you. (R) 4  Thus will I bless you while I live; lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name. 5  As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied, and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you. (R) 7  You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. 8  My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me. (R)
G O S P E L
Mary Magdalene is the first human being to be confronted with the reality of the resurrection in John?s Gospel. What a tremendous privilege this is for her. Jesus tells her to tell His disciples that He has risen and will meet them in Galilee. We can see here the nature of the Gospel as something to be shared with others. Mary?s proclamation of the Gospel, the resurrection of Jesus, is the beginning of a new era in the history of the world.
1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 2 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.? 11 But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. 13 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.? 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. 15 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.? 16 Jesus said to her, ?Mary!? She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ?Rabbouni,? which means Teacher. 17 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.?? 18 Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, ?I have seen the Lord,? and what he told her.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 29-30
IT SEEMS SO NATURAL
One of the most striking aspects of the resurrection account in John?s Gospel is its seeming naturalness. That is, John seems to assume that all that he is reporting is what we all expected to be the case anyway! Perhaps this is an indication of the depth of John?s faith and the shallowness of my own; whatever the case, it is clear that in John?s mind the resurrection of Jesus was to be expected.
Holy Spirit, your work is not yet finished in my life, in fact it could be said that it has only just begun! Grant me the grace and privilege of knowing the power of the Risen Jesus in my faith and love for Him will increase.
St. Mary Magdalene, penitent, pray for us.
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