Wednesday, within the octave of Easter
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7pm
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Isidore of Seville
Readings for today’s Mass
So - Jesus has been arrested, executed and entombed. Mary of Magdala, who may have known him for the better part of three years, was grief-stricken; so much so that when she encountered the risen Jesus in the garden, she was unable to recognize him. Neither could see recognize the sound of his voice when he spoke. It wasn’t until he addressed her by a name that she finally got it.
Here is where I will speculate on what may have happened. I don’t think he simply said “Mary.” That may have been her name, but then everyone would have called her Mary. I wonder if their relationship was closer than anyone else’s; such that they may have had pet names for each other. Names that they only used with each other, like names of endearment we have with someone we are dating; or names parents have for their children. I have a friend who refers to me with a particular term of endearment. She is the only person who would ever use the term. If she ever visited me at a time when I was so grief-stricken that i didn’t recognize her, her pet name for me would remove all doubt.
I wonder if that is how Jesus addressed Mary of Magdala that long-ago Sunday morning; with an endearment that he never used around anyone else. Was it a name that opened her weeping eyes and removed all doubt as to who was with her in the cemetery? It wasn’t the gardener; it was her beloved Jesus.
We can all have such a relationship with the Lord; a closeness that, thru our baptism, we call him our brother; we speak to God as a child to a parent. It’s all about the relationship. To achieve that level of closeness, we have to invest something into the relationship.
What is your relationship like with the Lord? Do you have another way of addressing him when you visit? How does he address you that removes all doubt of his presence?
I wonder how he addressed Mary of Magdala that morning at the tomb.