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July 22nd: Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

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Gospel text (Jn 20,1-2.11-18): On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb... On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going 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 then reported what he told her.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, Mary Magdalene has risen early: interesting! ("The early bird gets the worm"). Just to meet Jesus Christ buried: interesting! (A lot of love is needed to go to such a sad place). But the grave is empty: interesting! (Jesus has risen, though she does not know it yet). Mary knows Jesus but she does not recognize Him when she sees Him resurrected: interesting! (Jesus Christ is not just someone who has "reappeared"). Jesus helps her to recognize Him. How? By calling her by her name! "Mary!" Immediately: "Master!" Interesting: just the name is enough! (They were good friends, good relationships).

"How many times has Jesus called you by your name?" Mary immediately threw herself at the feet of Jesus Christ. You, how long has it taken for you to do it? How often does God need to call you?