Reflection for Thursday, July 22, 1999: 16th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorGillick, Larry, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGillick, Lawrence D., S.J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T19:57:48Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T19:57:48Z
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US
dc.date.day22en_US
dc.date.daynameThursdayen_US
dc.date.issued1999-07-22en_US
dc.date.monthJulyen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 16en_US
dc.date.year1999en_US
dc.description.abstractWe hear in today's scripture from the liturgy, of the seeking by a woman in love. "I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought him, but did not find him."||This first reading is a wonderful introduction to the Gospel's picturing of Mary Magdalene lovingly searching for Jesus on Easter morning. She sought Him, but notice, He found her. She thought He was the gardener; He knew her by name. She embraced Him; He sent her on the first mission of the new church. She had sought Him among the dead; He was sending her back to the new living.|Mary Magdalene has lived through the centuries as the "Woman of the city" in the seventh chapter of Luke's Gospel, though her name is not mentioned there. The Church celebrates her today as a woman whose love for Jesus kept her faithful to her search. Love desires union; it is a hunger which can never be totally experienced. I doubt that any experience of human love has ever totally satisfied the lovers for ever. There is always the "more" which the human heart seeks.|Human love is a sacrament which while being shared and delighted in, leads the lovers to the beyond to the "more" of love. This longing, this hungering, is not dissatisfaction nor disappointment, but prayer. What we as human beings want is what Mary Magdalene received; she was the "sought-for" and the "found-one". She also, by being found, was the "sent-one". She could let go of the feet of Jesus, because she knew Jesus would not let go of her.|What we celebrate today in the Eucharist, is our being found, embraced, held-on-to, and yet sent to tell our sisters and brothers of how it is to be loved by God. We are then sent as a loving embrace to others, sacramentally revealing in our own little ways, what it means to be loved by God. With Mary Magdalene, we continue our search to be found, embraced and shared with His sisters and brothers.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 603en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/54982
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitDeglman Center for Ignatian Spiritualityen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Song of Songs 3:1-4b or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4John 20:1-2, 11-18en_US
dc.subject.otherSt. Mary Magdaleneen_US
dc.subject.otherFeast of Mary Magdaleneen_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, July 22, 1999: 16th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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