WEDNESDAY, 22nd July, 2015 – Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene
Today we shall reflect on the life of a woman who was the first witness to the resurrection of Christ. Nothing in her past could qualify her for this privilege except for a sincere repentance and a decision to follow Jesus. Looking concretely into her life’s history in the scriptures, she was the sinful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume, dried his feet with her hair and kissed them as written in Luke 7:37-38. She was also the same woman with whom seven demons was driven out by Christ himself as written in Mark 16:9. The Gospel of John which was the last of all the gospels to be written also affirmed her as the sister of Martha and Lazarus. (John 11:2).
All this details about Mary Magdalene are events of her old life which was made new when she was forgiven her many sins by Jesus because of her great love for Christ. (Luke 7:47). She received peace and total freedom from Christ which made her a new creature. Just immediately after her encounter with Christ, the scripture recorded that she followed Christ with some other women and used her resources to help Jesus during his journey through some towns and villages. (Luke 8:1-3). In our reading today, Mary recognized the voice of the risen Christ who called her name. She replied with such a vivid answer; “Rabboni” meaning Teacher. This showed who Jesus was to her especially with such response which could also be traced to her sister Martha who referred to Jesus as Teacher when their Brother Lazarus died. (John 11:28). Mary was also the same who sat at Jesus’ feet and listening to her counsel when Jesus visited their house at Bethany.
Beloved in Christ, we must learn from Mary’s attitude of steadfastness and a longing heart for Christ. She couldn’t have sustained her conversion without this great acts of total submission and determination to follow Jesus even to his grave. The psalmist says “As I lie in bed, I remember you; all night long I think you” Ps 63:6; “ As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God”. Ps 42:1. We must also long always to be in the presence of Christ if we must win the battle over sin. The power of Christ’ resurrection is available for us as his children. Let us go today with a joyful heart for such a great salvation of our soul which is lavished on us by Christ and resolve to follow Christ to the end. We can hear his voice only with a heart that longs for his presence.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, create in me a heart that longs for your presence.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 468– What should a person yearn for most?
The ultimate and greatest longing of a person can only be for God. To see him, our creator, Lord and Redeemer, is unending blessedness.
HIDE A TREASURE: “As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God”. Psalm 42:1 GNB
Today’s reading: Song 3:1-4ab; Psalm 63:2-6.8-9; John 20:1-2.11-18