Every Resurrection story in the New Testament begins with Mary Magdalen’s visit to the empty tomb. Earlier in the gospel she is identified as the woman from whom Jesus drove out the seven devils. We don’t know much about her, but she was most likely a woman whom Jesus cured.
What we certainly know about her is that she was a woman who had a deep and enduring love for Jesus. Her love was warm, personal, true, tender, and real. And this love stands as a model for the way I’m am supposed to love also. My relationship with Jesus is not supposed to be a matter of duty. It’s supposed to be warm, loving, true, tender, and just as real as Mary Magdalen.
In the garden Mary was desperately searching for Jesus body when he spoke her name and she recognized him. Few of us will ever hear Jesus speak our names as did Mary. Yet we can be sure that if we pursue looking for him as Mary did, we too will recognize his voice. Maybe it will be at mass, or reading the scriptures, or thru spiritual music, or thru a friend. Jesus is with us always although sometimes it’s hard to recognize him. Love him as Mary loved him and in some way you will hear his voice.
Look for him with all your heart and you WILL find him !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug