July 22, 2014 Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 John 20:1-2, 11-18

thJuly 22, 2014      Micah 7:14-15, 18-20      John 20:1-2, 11-18

Today’s first reading and the responsorial psalm speak loudly to us about God’s love and mercy. Focusing on God’s love for us is especially fitting today as the church honors Mary Magdalene.

In the Gospel … we find Mary at a very difficult time. Her senses totally fail her. She was a devoted follower of Jesus … she encountered His grace and mercy … and her life changed. Today we see her going to the tomb … and the tomb is empty. She is totally distraught … she lost sight of the Lord!

Mary fails to see what is right in her sight … she fails to recognize the Lord. Even though He is standing before her … she keeps searching.

It is not until Jesus says her name … “Mary” … that things become clear … indeed … He truly is risen!

Mary goes from panic … to despair … to full awareness. The mystery of the resurrection is revealed …

she … the woman whose life had gone through dramatic change …

she … the woman who supported Jesus and the disciples …

she … the woman who was present at the crucifixion, burial and empty tomb …

SHE is chosen by Jesus to deliver the message of resurrection.

This account helps us to see that we are called … by name … to seek the Lord. Mary’s eyes were opened to see Jesus in a new … life changing way.

The good news is that what happened to Mary Magdalene … can happen to each one of us when we seek the Lord.

May our eyes be opened to recognize the Lord in our daily life.

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