Friday 22 July 2022 Jul 22 – TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST

Mary Magdalene                  

1st Reading: Song 3:1-4a

The Bride says: On my bed at night I sought him whom my heart loves– I sought him but I did not find him. 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. The watchmen came upon me, as they made their rounds of the city: Have you seen him whom my heart loves? I had hardly left them when I found him whom my heart loves.

Gospel: Jn 20:1-2, 11-18      

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 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.” Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. 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.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. 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.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. 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.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her.

TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST: Mary Magdalene presents the feminine face of the disciples of Christ. She loved Christ for she experienced healing and conversion after encountering Christ in her life. She was not afraid to profess her faith in Jesus Christ, for she realized that He is the light, the truth and the salvation and the fountain of life-giving water.  Developing a deeper relationship with the person of Christ is a must in our spiritual journey. The responsorial Psalm rightly put this in its perspective, “my soul is thirsting for you my God”. Only God alone can quench our thirst. St. Augustine of Hippo in his famous book ‘Confessions’ writes that “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rests in thee”.  This restlessness is found in everyone and the moment we discover this reality, it will be a turning point in our life.

Prayer: Let my soul rest in thee, my Lord.

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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.