The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, 22 July 2022 Song of Songs 3:1-4 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> John 20:1-2. 11-18
Praise and glory to you, O Lord Jesus Christ in giving us today this Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the "apostle of the apostles" who proclaimed to Peter and company that you have risen on that Easter morning!
Thank you most especially in showing us through St. Mary Magdalene the grace in that state many of us find ourselves so often especially these days of the pandemic - that of grieving.
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 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 by 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.John 20:1, 11-14
Dearest Lord Jesus, I pray for those weeping, for those grieving for the lost of a beloved wife or husband, a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, a friend or a colleague; I also pray, Jesus, for those who are weeping in silence, fighting their tears, hiding when they cry as they attend and care for a dying loved one at home or in the hospital.
Like St. Mary Magdalene, death from its approach and coming always has that dark presence in us; mourning and weeping become more difficult when nights become longer we could hardly know morning is coming or has broken.
And many times in those dark moments we do not recognize you, Jesus, present among us in our weeping, right in our grieving for our loved ones. Open our eyes, open our hearts, enkindle our faith and hopes in you, Lord in these long, dark hours of our grieving. You know very well how difficult it is to let go of a loved one like St. Mary Magdalene when you have died; like her, we continue to "cling" and "hold" to our beloved in our old ways of relating with them in the hope of again hugging them, touching them, and perhaps telling them how we love them and if given a chance, to say sorry too for our sins and lapses.
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 of Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her.John 20:16-18
Call us with our name again, dear Jesus; call us anew with your reassuring voice of love and kindness, of mercy and forgiveness no matter who we really are for you are the only one sent by the Father to assure us we are accepted despite and in spite of our sins and weaknesses.
Let us exclaim again "Rabbouni" like St. Mary Magdalene, filled with joy in finding you amidst the darkness in our lives as we learn to stop "holding" on to our departed and dying loved ones as we recall and realize your teaching that every death is a sharing in your pasch, a passing over into eternal life, of leveling up our ties with them in you, Christ Jesus to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.