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Easter Tuesday , Mardi de Pâques,

“Jesus said to Mary Magdalen, ’Go and find my brothers and tell them, ’I am returning to my Father, and to your Father, to my God and to your God.’”

Ac. 2, 36-41 Ps. 32(33) Jn. 20, 11-18

Easter Tuesday 29th March 2016

“Jesus said to Mary of Magdala : ’Go and find my brothers and tell them : I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and to your God.”

Ac.2,36-41 Ps.32(33) Jn.20,11-18

“Mary stood there, outside, close to the tomb, weeping. Whilst she was weeping, she looked into the tomb, an saw two angels there, in white clothing, one at the top and one at the bottom of where Jesus had been laid.”

On the day following Easter Jesus appears to Mary of Magdala who tries to enter into relationship with Him.

After Peter and John’s departure, she still has the drama of the Passion in her heart. She remains at the tomb to find Jesus’ dead body!

Now, what happens is that she an apparition of angels!

Jesus, at first, speaks to Mary of Magdala, on the level of faith :

’Woman, why are you weeping?’

With blurry eyes she responds as to someone who is interested in her disarray.

This time is necessary for us to enter into the mystery of humanity that has risen in Jesus. Jesus continues to journey in our midst.

The new Love brought by Jesus makes its way and it will spread out throughout her being. God wants to save his children, but they need to help themselves and have a love for each other.

It is in loving ourselves and in helping others that we are delivered from Evil, protected from suffering, for all suffering comes from a lack of love.

We want God’s Will to be done in this new Love that is brought about in us with a great desire, in the night of faith!

We ask Jesus in prayer, His Word helps us to seek it, He is there and calls us also by our name and we celebrate Him! The Good News transports us in the area of a faith in the Risen Lord Jesus.

“Having said this, Mary Magdalen turned around and saw Jesus, but she didn’t know it was him, she took him for the gardener. He said to her ’Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said, ’Sir, if it is you who took the body

of my Lord, tell me where you have put it and I shall go and take it.’ Jesus said to her ’Mary!’ She turned around and said ’Rabbani!’ which means Master in Hebrew.”

Jesus calls her by her name : ’Mary!’ She is struck to the extent that she entered into the Resurrection and Life, in Jesus Himself, the Risen Lord, the ever Living One.

And so we have Mary Magdalene who is a believer and an apostle who ’goes off to announce to the disciples’ : ’I saw the Lord and this is what he told me.’

It is in the great desire of her heart, her fervent prayer that this cry of love is addressed : ’Mary!’ Thus she is called by her name, she is recognised.

Crucified once and for all, Jesus puts Mary Magdalen on her feet for ever. Jesus’ Resurrection has her live the mystery of her own resurrection. She is risen with him, at the same time it is an event that is done, and then it is to come.

Following Mary Magdalen, the Church welcomes Jesus’ Resurrection through the Word of God the experience of the mysteries of Christ who gives Life.

So we enter into a living tension that brings life in the Love of God and the love of our brothers and sisters : ’Go and find your brothers.’

“Jesus said to her ’Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go and find my brothers and tell them : I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Mary of Magdala went to announce to the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had told her all that.”

There is a constant temptation for us to want to hold on to God. We love Him when he conforms with the idea we have of him . Our God is the Saviour, He is our Father, a God of Love who brings us happiness and he comes to the help of all our needs. Jesus, by His Resurrection, delivers us from all evil, he protects us form all suffering and he grants our desires.

We let Jesus go to His Father, who is also our Father, He sends us his Spirit who enlightens us from the inside and has us understand the Salvation that God has established out of Love for his children.

Mary of Magdala becomes the apostle of the Apostles, announcing the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection to them. The faith in the Risen Lord Jesus is in her, she saw Him, and she announces God’s marvels.

Until the time when Jesus will come again, our lives are disturbed and are in deep transformation of the Resurrection.

Each year we relive the heart of our faith, in the Eucharistic liturgy : the Coming of Jesus in the flesh, his Passion, his Resurrection, his Ascension an the waiting for His Coming in Glory.

After having contemplated Jesus in the Gift of Self, in His Word, nourished by His Body and Blood, quenched by the Holy Spirit, He is manifested in our own lives.

We ask Jesus for the grace to be truly risen, to be transformed into living stones dwelling in the midst of mankind.

EASTER TUESDAY, year ’B’

“Mary stood outside near the tomb, weeping. Now, whilst she was weeping, she leaned into the tomb and saw two angels, dressed in white garments, sitting there where Jesus’ body had lain, one at its head and the other at its foot.”

After Peter and John’s departure, Mary Magdalen remains in an awful state; she is still going through Jesus’ Passion. If she stayed at the tomb it was for Jesus’ dead body !She wanted to find him once more, even dead. And now some angels are appearing to her! The New Love that Jesus brought her still goes on and it will firmly enter into her being. This new Love comes about in us too, in a great desire of the night of faith! Still today we are called forth by the Word of God and the experience we have of Jesus Alive in the Sacraments. We call forth Jesus in prayer, His Word helps us seek Him. He is present and he calls us too by our name as he did with Mary Magdalen. We celebrate Him at Easter! Despite the fact we believe in Jesus we need to grow in our faith, for events and life’s struggles can disturb us! Where is the Lord? We can recognize ourselves in Mary Magdalen, looking for Jesus at the tomb, looking for a dead Jesus! However the Good News transports us into the area of faith in the Risen Lord. At first, Jesus speaks with Mary Magdalen, joining her in her faith : “Woman, why are you weeping?” Completely short-sighted, she replies to him as though he were someone interested in her state of disarray.This stage is necessary in order to enter into the mystery of the Risen Christ who keeps on walking in the midst of mankind.

“Having spoken Mary Magdalen turns around and sees Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was He. Jesus said to her : ’Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Taking him to be the gardener, she said to him, ’If it is you who have taken him away, tell me where you have put him and I shall go and fetch him!’ Jesus said to her, ’Mary! ’ Turning around, she said in Hebrew, ’Rabbani!’ which means ’Master’.

Jesus calls her by her name, “Mary!”, striking her heart in such a way that the Life of the Resurrection shimmers within her.This Life is Jesus Himself, Alive for ever. And this is to Mary the believer, and to Mary the apostle : ’Go then and tell he Apostles’ : ’I have seen the Lord and this is what He has told me.’ This cry of Love : ’Mary!’, is addressed to her by Jesus’ fervent prayer. She has in her heart a great desire and is in a heart to heart with Jesus now. Being called by her name, Jesus’ Resurrection has her live the mystery of her own Resurrection. She rises with him. It is at the same time something achieved and something that will come about. Following Mary Magdalen, the Church welcomes the Resurrection of Jesus through the Word of God, the experience of Christ’s mysteries that give life. And so we enter into a tension filled with the Life and Love of God and for our brothers : ’Go and find my brothers. ’

“Jesus said to her, ’Do not touch me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.Rather, go and find my brothers and tell them I am returning to my Father and to your Father, to your God and to my God.’ Mary of Magdala went to announce to the disciples that she had seen the Lord and told them all He had told her.”

Jesus sends Mary of Magdala : ’Go and find my brothers. He calls her ’Mary’, it is the Word of the Risen Lord Jesus, thus she becomes the apostle of the Apostles. Today there are a good number of Christians who do not see any further than their own life and they doubt that Jesus rose from the dead. Many Christians have faith, follow Jesus intimately but are afraid to proclaim Him. Like Mary of Magdala we are invited to say : ’Master!’. Taking hold of his feet, we go and find our brothers to say to them, ’The Lord is risen, I have seen him!’ Like Mary of Magdala we announce God’s marvelous deeds. Our lives are turned around and are deeply transformed by the Resurrection until Jesus comes again. Each year we live the heart of our faith in the Eucharistic liturgy : the Coming of Jesus in the flesh, his Passion, His Resurrection, his Ascension and the waiting of his coming in Glory. After having contemplated Jesus in the gift of Himself, in His Word, nourished by His Body, watered by the Holy Spirit, He reveals Himself in our lives.

Let us ask Jesus for the grace to be truly risen, to be transformed into living stones, dwelling amidst all men.