Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ Mary Magdalene
Gospel: 13:10-17 (or Jn 20: 1-2. 11-18)
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
THE PRIVILEDGE OF KNOWING CHRIST: The Igbo’s of Nigeria say; Ewu nwere ji amaghi ji ata. It means that the goat reared in a setting of abundant feed messes up the feed while the one reared in scarcity eats all the feed. The children of Israel had a privilege of being chosen by God who spoke to them through Moses but they did not seem to appreciate it. As a result, Moses sought God to speak to them directly so that they can have more faith in Him. However, they had a very scaring and extraordinary experience. In the Gospel we see the privilege we have in knowing Christ and the secrets of his Kingdom. When we participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and the Word we encounter the Lord like the Israelites and the disciples.
PRAYER: We pray today for the grace to value what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.
ATTACHED TO JESUS: Mary Magdalene is the first to get to the tomb, only to find Jesus missing. Due to her love for Jesus, she is still around the tomb when Peter and the other disciple arrive. In response, the Lord appears to her and calls her by name. Nothing can satisfy her more than to see Jesus again. Traditions and art identify St. Mary Magdalene as the repentant prostitute or as the sister of Martha. However, the Roman liturgy makes no mention of it, but only of Mary Magdalene, the first person to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection. The Eastern Orthodox churches, see only Mary the disciple, and believe that after the Resurrection she lived as a companion to the Virgin Mary. Whatever the case, Mary Magdalene, in her love for Jesus, is a great model for consecrated people. To be fully attached to Jesus, is at the core of discipleship. The “clinging” quality of Magdalene on Jesus gives discipleship its affective dimension and willingness for the disciples to walk along the side of Jesus, wherever he takes them.