Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

How easy it is to miss the Lord when our focus is on ourselves! Mary did not at first recognize the Lord because her focus was on the empty tomb and on her own grief. It took only one word from the Master, when he called her by name, for Mary to recognize him. Mary's message to the disciples, I have seen the Lord, is the very essence of Christianity. It is not enough that a Christian knows about the Lord, but that we know him personally. It is not enough to argue about him but to meet him. In the resurrection, we encounter the living Lord who loves us personally and shares his glory with us. The Lord gives us "eyes of faith" to see the truth of his resurrection and victory over sin and death. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our hope—the hope that we will see God face to face and share in his everlasting glory and joy.

Lord, may I never fail to recognize your voice nor lose sight of your presence in your saving word.

Brother Daniel Hall, C.Ss.R.

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