Friday, July 22, 2011

The Name

Readings for Friday, July 22/ St. Mary Magdalene:
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8-11
John 20:1-2,11-18

Today we celebrate the life of St. Mary Madgalene, that great saint who experienced a powerful conversion and spent the rest of her life seeking after Our Lord. What a wonderful witness we have of faithfulness and longing for God in the gospel passage today. Mary is there early in the morning to pray at the tomb and to be with the body of Christ. And there she finds His body is not there and tells the others. She then remains at the tomb and is searching and weeping. The love that burns in her heart is so strong that she does not give up seeking when the others had already gone away or never even come at all. She remains. And for this, the Lord rewards her seeking as He calls out to her. Unclear at first of who it is, she pleads with Our Lord to tell her where the body has gone. And then that beautiful one-word sentence that pierces to the heart: "Mary." With the sound of her name, she realizes Who it is that calls her and she rejoices at His presence there with her. Like the sheep who know the voice of the shepherd, Mary knows the One who calls her then and she has the joy of proclaiming to others that truth of His Resurrection from the dead. May the Lord grant us the same grace, to hear Him call our names and allow us cry out with joy and bring news of His New Life to those around us.