July 22, 2015

Mary Magdalene

July 22, 2015:  St. Mary Magdalene

  • 'Sandwiches' tie:  Bread and meat from heaven (1st reading, psalm) [same one I shamelessly used last week for the Passover meal]
  • 'Stone' tie pin:  "Mary Magdalene saw the stone removed from the tomb" (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  "I have seen the Lord" (gospel)
  • '?' tie pin:  “Why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?” (gospel)
  • Two 'angel' pins:  She saw two angels sitting at the tomb (gospel); people ate the bread of angels (psalm)
Listen

  • Look beyond/ Ducote:  ("Moses gave us manna from the sky")

    St. Mary Magdalene
  • Ex 16:1-5, 9-15  In the desert the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron:  “We ate our fill in Egypt, but you led us into this desert to die of famine!”  Lord to Moses:  “I'll rain down bread for them to gather each day.”  Moses to Aaron, “Tell the Israelites:  The Lord heard your grumbling.”  Lord to Moses:  Tell them: In the evening you'll eat flesh, and in the morning you'll have your fill of bread, so you may know I am your God.”  In the evening quail covered the camp; in the morning, fine flakes covered the ground.  They asked one another, “What's this?”  Moses:  “The bread the Lord has given you.”
  • Ps 78:18-19, 23-28  "The Lord gave them bread from heaven."  They tempted God by demanding food, but he commanded the skies, gave them heavenly bread, and rained meat and winged fowl....
  • Jn 20:1-2, 11-18  When Mary Magdalene saw the stone removed from the tomb, she ran to Peter and John:  “They've taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”  Angels / Mary:  “Why are you weeping?” / “They've taken my Lord.”  Then she saw Jesus but didn't recognize him.  Jesus / Mary (thinking he was the gardener):  “Why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?” / “If you took him, tell me and I'll take him.”  / “Mary!” / “Rabbouni (Teacher)” / “Don't cling to me, for I haven't yet ascended, but go tell my brothers, ‘I'm going to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’”  She announced to the disciples, “I've seen the Lord” and reported what he told her.
Reflect
    • Creighton:  When I think about Mary Magdalene, her transformation, love of Jesus, loyalty, courage, and faith come to mind.  At the empty tomb, she had to make sense of Jesus' own transformation, and he needed her to tell his disciples.   When has Jesus been with me but I haven't seen him?  How can I appreciate God’s presence through the transformations in my life?  How can I accept changes in others?
      Noli me tangere/ Titian (gospel)

    • One Bread One Body:  "Love always finds a way":  Love can never be completely satisfied or complacent; it must be expressed, grow, and find greater ways to bless the beloved.  Love can't rest until all is well with the beloved.  Love ignores personal safety and comfort.  This is how Mary Magdalene loved Jesus. She had to be with Him, whether he was dying a criminal's death or risen in splendor.  This is how Jesus loves us.  If we love Jesus, we'll find him, and we'll dwell together....
    • Passionist:  Steel Magnolias gives a vivid picture of women who live a deep friendship, always there for each other, living a “mission” to one another and those in their lives.  Mary Magdalene is such a woman in our faith life.  She became a dedicated disciple and follower, cared for the faithful, was present to Jesus in the Passion and crucifixion, shed tears as they carried him to the tomb, and waited for a chance to return to the tomb to perform the burial customs.  She had strength, conviction, courage, and compassion; she became the first to understand that life must be seen through the prism of the Resurrection.  With this new knowledge, understanding, and heart, she “Apostle to the Apostles” [Bl. Pope Paul VI, Augustine, Bernard, Hippolytus?]; she, the first witness, announced the Resurrection to the Mary and the Apostles, unfolding the missionary dimension of God’s People.  She urges us to see and share the glory of Jesus' risen life and to guide us to understanding our lives through the Resurrection....
    • DailyScripture.net:  Mary's message to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," is the essence of Christianity.  We must meet him and know him personally.  Through the power of his resurrection we can encounter the Lord....
    • Universalis:  St. Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) was healed by Jesus. She ministered to him in Galilee and was present at his crucifixion.  Western tradition is that she's also “the woman who was a sinner” and sister of Martha and Lazarus, but many hold they're all different.  See Catholic Encyclopedia.
    Bonus