FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 23, 2019
WORD of the DAY
But 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 of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her. (John 20: 11-18)
How shall I live this Word?
“My Father and your Father, my God and your God”: in the risen Jesus there is no longer a distance between earth and heaven, there is no longer any distance between humanity and God, we can all be called brethren by responding to Jesus’ invitation to be a single family gathered in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The anxiety and pain that inhabit the human heart give way to the comfort of knowing that we are inhabited by God, in our inner person from where we often prefer to remove our gaze in order not to be shocked by the feeling of emptiness. Mary’s tears do not stop but change meaning: they now express the sweetness that flows from the joy of the encounter, where every feeling is welcomed, justified, and redeemed by the Lord, recognized as the master in the art of love.
Mary’s experience tells of a love that pervaded every extension of her being. Today I want to remind myself that every effort of evangelization must necessarily go through a personal, unique, and daily encounter with “my Lord”!
The Voice of St. Teresa of Jesus, Carmelite Mystic
I understood that love embraced all the vocations, that love was everything, that it extended to all times and to all places … in a word that love is eternal.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili