Mary Magdalene- Painting by Kathleen Carr, my cousin.
Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
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. John 20:1-7- 11:18
Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. The Apostle to the Apostles. She was at the foot of the cross. Her story is a story of love and redemption. She was a terrible sinner. The Gospel tells us she had 7 demons in her. Yet, in her state, as the lowliest of low sinners, Christ lifted her up out of her sin and gave her new life, new freedom. It shows us that no matter how deep in sin we are, no matter how far away, Christ can lift us out of it.
Jesus tells her in today’s Gospel not to hold on to Him. I found that strange. The Priest explained in his homily that He was telling her not to hold on to His physical representation. He would now be mystically available, just as He is to us today. We don’t have Him walking around with us, but we have the Living God, mystically available to us in the Eucharist, and spiritually in our hearts. Do we recognize that when we go to communion? Do we ask for spiritual communion with Him? Are you aware of how much He loves you?
Recently, I made a Consecration to Merciful Love. It is based on a Consecration St. Therese of Lisieux made, it shows you overwhelmingly how much God loves us, even when we fail. I cannot tell you how much this Consecration drew me deeper into a relationship with the Trinity. I have also been reading the 24 hours of the Passion by Louisa Piccarreta. Reading these two things has been profound for me. They draw you into the Divine Will, something I think St. Mary Magdalene and St. Therese experienced. It is an experience of the Living God. I weep because of how little the world can see God chasing us, and how much we run away.
As I sat in the chapel yesterday, I had an experience. It is hard to explain, except that I felt in the presence of the Living God. I felt His Sacred Heart. As the outside world swirls around me, with personal storms, and with global crisis, I totally and completely felt God tell me, “I’ve got this.” I told the Lord, “I’m so glad you do, because I don’t.” It was an experience and exercise in TOTAL TRUST. I felt safe.
My friend, Eva, has been told her pancreatic cancer is back. I weep. God says, “I’ve got this.” I experience personal hardships. God says, “I’ve got this.” I look at the news. God says, “I’ve got this.” In that moment, in the chapel, all I can say that I experienced is that the God who created the universe, who created each unique human being, is definitely intimately involved in our lives. I have no doubt of that. If we only knew how much He loves us, we would all be living very differently.
Hold onto hope. Love one another. Ask God to make His will be yours.
“My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I enter and see the face of God?” Psalm 42:2
Remember things of this world are passing away, our real life is in eternity in heaven with God. Do not be afraid. If you aren’t praying, start, if you are ask God to take you deeper into a relationship with Him. If you are grounded in the Lord, you shall survive life’s storms.
“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” 1 John 2:15-17