Reflection on the Gospel of the Friday
Of The Sixteenth Week In Ordinary Time
(Feast: Mary Magdalene)
The death of Jesus created a sudden void among the disciples; their leader was gone and the loss made them numb. They were seeking him and trying to make sense of what they had just witnessed.
Mary Magdelene went early morning back to the tomb to mourn the death of the Lord, but on finding the tomb empty is worried, assuming that the officials have taken the body. She is so stricken with grief, that she even fails to recognise the Lord. But something in the way the Lord calls out to her, opens her eyes and then she is able to recognise Jesus. Mary becomes the evangelist/ apostle to the apostles and announces that she has seen the Lord and carries the good news and his message to the apostles.
Grief prevents us from recognising the presence of God in our lives, we instead immediately turn away or even get bitter on facing the death of a loved one. But the essence of Christianity is in our relationship and personal experience of the Lord. What is our response when Jesus calls out to us? Do we recognise his presence in the most difficult situations and are we also able to give the witness like Mary – We have seen the Lord!’’