Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

July 22, 2016 – Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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John 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.

Reflect: Out of love for the Lord, Mary Magdalene rushed to the tomb while it was still dark. She wept because she found the stone rolled away and the body missing. But when she heard Jesus say her name, the tragedy and loss she experienced changed to an outpouring of joy and hope; so much so that she couldn’t contain her emotions and, instead of rushing to the tomb, she rushed to tell the disciples about what she experienced.  There are times when we find ourselves peering into the empty tomb of our hurts and brokenness or the disaster of sin – our own or the impact of other’s sin.  But Jesus calls us by name to renew, refresh and to fill us with the joy of encounter with him. Do I let myself remain dejected looking at the empty tomb or do I listen for the voice of Jesus calling my name? When I encounter Christ, do I let others know about his incomparable love?

Pray: Loving God, please don’t let my sin, hurt and disappointment harden my hurt, but help me to seek you, to listen to your voice, and to desire to proclaim you as my Hope, my Joy, my Salvation. I pray this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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