Learn more about Mary Magdalene: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=83
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072215.cfm
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”
Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her.
There are differing stories about Mary Magdalene, but one truth stands out – Jesus healed her and she became a devote follower of His. In this reading we see that she was so loved by Jesus that she was the first one to see Him after His resurrection. She recognized Him when He called her by name. Do you hear Jesus when He calls you by name? He wants to heal you just as He did Mary Magdalene. Are you willing to let Him? Are you willing to become His disciple? It is your choice.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you called me by name a long time ago. I thank you I had sense enough to listen and follow you, say yes to your healing. In Jesus’ holy name, I say yes again, Amen!
The Lord gave them bread from heaven.