22 Jul Thu, 16th Week in Ordinary Time. St Mary Magdalene, Apostle of the Apostles (Apostolorum apostola)

7/21/2021 11:58:12 AM
Songs 3:1-4a or 2 Cor. 5:14-17 / Ps. 62:2-4,5-6,8-9 / Jn. 20:1-2,11-18 (Ps Wk IV)


Paul assures us, "The old order has passed away; now all is new." The Gospel account of Mary Magdalene at the tomb shows us how difficult it was for Jesus' disciples to see this new order. It was easier to cling to the past. Mary could not recognise Jesus, for the historical Jesus she knew and love belonged to the old order. Mary did not yet know that the new order, the age of the resurrection, had already dawned. Jesus called Mary by her name and invited her into a new world, a world where the new order of grace would change all our relationships, especially our relationship with God. Mary clung to Jesus as if he had returned to ordinary life after the terrible experience of the passion. When Jesus said, "Do not cling to me", he was inviting her to enter into a new and deeper relationship with him. In this new order, Jesus is still Emmanuel because he is with the Father. His presence with the Father is the promise of our own resurrection, where all things are made new even in this life.

Father, we thank You for the new order of grace. Teach us to accept the power of Your grace that our lives may be constantly made new/fresh in Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord.    


7月22日 ( 四 ) 聖瑪利亞瑪達肋納慶日

雅歌 3:1-4 
或 格林多後書 5:14-17
聖詠 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9
若望福音 20:1-2,11-18

瑪利亞瑪達肋納買了香料,來到耶穌的墳墓,要傅抹耶穌的遺體(參閱瑪28:1; 谷16:1; 路24:1; 若20:1),給我們展示了在她失去摰愛的慘痛中,仍能靠著信德和愛德,獻出服務。




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