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St. Mary Magdalen

Jn 20: 1-2, 11-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending 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 she told them that he had said these things to her.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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Falling in love with our neighbor

“Stop holding onto me – go tell the others,” says Jesus to Mary Magdalene.  In this we hear echoes of Jesus’ new commandment from earlier in John’s Gospel: Love one another as I have loved you.   As opposed to many of the world’s former religions which focused on sacrifice to appease an angry God, Jesus reoriented religion to focus upon love of neighbor which, in this case, required Mary to run to disciples rather than dropping to her knees to worship Jesus.  Loving Jesus equals loving others.

Dean Brackley, SJ, who worked at the University of Central America and passionately advocated for social justice, shared the following about what happens to affluent North Americans when they journey to El Salvador: “They feel a little confused–again–like the disorientation of falling in love. In fact, that is what is happening, a kind of falling in love.”

It’s time to fall in love again, with Jesus and with the poor who hold a privileged place in his heart.  What can I do today to put myself in a position where I might experience and respond to the confusing and disorienting experience of falling in love?

Bill Kriege serves as the director of campus ministry at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.

 


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Prayer

Dear God, help us to fall in love, stay in love, for we know that it will decide everything.

—Modified by Bill Kriege from Pedro Arrupe’s Fall in Love


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July 22, 2019

Scripture

St. Mary Magdalen

Jn 20: 1-2, 11-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending 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 she told them that he had said these things to her.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Falling in love with our neighbor

“Stop holding onto me – go tell the others,” says Jesus to Mary Magdalene.  In this we hear echoes of Jesus’ new commandment from earlier in John’s Gospel: Love one another as I have loved you.   As opposed to many of the world’s former religions which focused on sacrifice to appease an angry God, Jesus reoriented religion to focus upon love of neighbor which, in this case, required Mary to run to disciples rather than dropping to her knees to worship Jesus.  Loving Jesus equals loving others.

Dean Brackley, SJ, who worked at the University of Central America and passionately advocated for social justice, shared the following about what happens to affluent North Americans when they journey to El Salvador: “They feel a little confused–again–like the disorientation of falling in love. In fact, that is what is happening, a kind of falling in love.”

It’s time to fall in love again, with Jesus and with the poor who hold a privileged place in his heart.  What can I do today to put myself in a position where I might experience and respond to the confusing and disorienting experience of falling in love?

Bill Kriege serves as the director of campus ministry at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.

 


Prayer

Dear God, help us to fall in love, stay in love, for we know that it will decide everything.

—Modified by Bill Kriege from Pedro Arrupe’s Fall in Love

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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