ST. MARY MAGDALENE, Feast.
The Sinner Turned Saint.
- OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, LIKE ANY HUMAN BEING, YEARNS AND EXPECTS FROM EACH ONE OF US SMALL DETAILS OF AFFECTION, as we have just read in the above Gospel passage. Mary Magdalene, no matter how great her sins were, had a tender and sensible heart which knew how to manifest its great love in small deeds.
- But above all, HER SINCERE REPENTANCE WON OUR LORD’S HEART AND FROM THEN ON SHE RECTIFIED HER WAYS, FOLLOWED AND SERVED JESUS IN AN UNCONDITIONAL MANNER, UNAFRAID FOR HERSELF, THINKING ONLY OF HOW TO SERVE THE LORD. Her love, determination and sensibility was beyond Our Lord’s death such that she was well-concerned on how to anoint with spices Jesus’ body in the tomb, even if she knew that there was no one who could help her and the other women remove the huge stone which sealed the entrance to Jesus’ tomb.
- Her love for Jesus became even more patent when not finding His Sacred Body, Mary began to weep (Cf. Jn 20: 1-2;11-18) and seeing someone whom she had mistaken to be the gardener said: “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away (Jn 20:15).”
TOPIC: ARE YOU LEANING TOWARDS YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING THAT PRODS YOU TO MAKE WRONG ASSUMPTIONS?
In today’s gospel reading, Mary makes the wrong assumption that the person who appeared to her was the gardener. For who would not think so when the new tomb where Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried Jesus was located in a garden, near where Jesus was crucified. Even with Mary Magdalene’s long association with Jesus – from the healing of the seven demons, to the service in the ministry of Jesus, to His crucifixion, she still made wrong assumptions. We, too, are guilty of making false assumptions.
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