Today we celebrate the Feast of Mary Magdalene, a devoted disciple of Jesus. In the Gospel reading from John, we learn of Jesus’ appearance to Mary, upon His resurrection from the dead.
When Jesus asks, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you look for?” (John 20:15), it is because Mary is distraught since Jesus’ body is no longer in the tomb. At first, Mary does not recognize the glorified Christ; that is until He speaks her name. Only then, does Mary realize that she is standing before her Good Shepherd. As with sheep, who know their shepherd by hearing his voice, Mary knows deep in her heart that the man she addresses now, is the Risen Lord.
Mary Magdalene – Faithful Follower
Mary Magdalene, ever faithful to Jesus, was present at his death, at the foot of the Cross. As she approached Jesus’ tomb to complete the burial rites, once the Sabbath ended, she was also the first to see Him upon His resurrection. Her attentiveness to His needs, her desire to care for Him, always placed her near Jesus. Can that be said of you, or me? Do we care what Jesus needs? Do we have the desire to care for Him? Or, do we view it as a one-way street, with God doing the giving and we do all the taking? Jesus has needs. He thirsts for souls. He wants to be loved. Mary Magdalene knew this and answered the call with a resounding yes! Now, we are called to address Jesus’ needs and to care for Him, as well.
A relationship with Jesus is NOT a one-way street. No healthy relationship works that way. Mary Magdalene demonstrates for us how to interact with Jesus. So, in honor of her feast day, show Jesus some love today. By doing so, you will satiate His thirst for souls.
Step 1: Tell Jesus you love Him.
Step 2: Do something nice for someone else, and you will care for Jesus, too.
Mary Magdalene, thank you for showing us how to best interact with Jesus. Please pray for us and have a happy feast day. Amen.
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