Reflection for Friday, July 22, 2005: 16th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorShanahan, Tom, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorShanahan, Thomas J. , S.J.en_US Ien_US Timeen_US 16en_US
dc.description.abstractToday is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene referred to as the "apostle to the apostles" because she is the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus. In our gospel reading today, Mary goes to Jesus' tomb early in the morning on that first Easter day. She finds the stone at the entrance of the tomb rolled away and the tomb itself is empty.|Soon Jesus approaches Mary, but she does not recognize him. She thinks that she is speaking to a gardener. Mary asks him where the body of Jesus is. Then Jesus simply says her name, "Mary!" and she recognizes him. She holds him in an embrace of sheer joy, but he tells her not to "hold him back." He commissions her to go to the disciples, still hidden in fear, and to let them know that he is alive, risen from the dead.|The encounter between Mary Magdalene and the Risen Lord shows a pattern that all the rest of the resurrection stories in the gospels exhibit. It can be parsed this way:|1. Jesus approaches the disciple; |2. He or she does not recognize Jesus; |3. A dialogue between Jesus and the disciple ensues; |4. Finally, the disciple recognizes that it is Jesus; then Jesus leaves the disciple; |5. The disciple returns to the others with the good news that Jesus lives.|That same pattern continues to be made real in our encounters with Jesus. Since that first resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene, we continue to encounter Christ- in our lives and in our sacraments. Like Mary Magdalene we are invited and missioned by Jesus to be his disciples and to receive the same wonderful news that he makes a difference in our world and to let others know about it.|Lord, help me to be eager to serve the needs of others as Mary did in recognizing and hearing you, and then responding by sharing your blessings with them.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 399en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 603en_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Relationsen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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.local1Exodus 20:1-17en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11en_US
dc.subject.local4John 20:1-2, 11-18en_US
dc.subject.otherSt. Mary Magdaleneen_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, July 22, 2005: 16th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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