July 22, 2015 Wednesday: St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary Magdalene, disciple of the Lord
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).
Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending 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 she told them that he had said these things to her.
Where Are You Going?
Mary of Magdalene went… Moments earlier she is weeping, searching, probably bargaining with God for a different ending. In a split-second recognition, it all changes. Eyes opened at the sound of her name. Jesus says, “Go.” Mary Magdalene went… without attachment, to do what God created her to do. In the First Principle and Foundation, St. Ignatius challenges us to live with indifference to our current state in life, not preferring health to sickness, riches to poverty, a long life to a short life, and only consider the choices that will bring us closer to what God created us to be. Mary Magdalene is an incredible example of the strength and focus needed for this challenge.
God says, “Go.” Where are you going? What choices are moving you closer to what God created you to be? What choices distract you from “seeing the Lord?”