Woman, why are you weeping?

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Greetings on this the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
Readings: Sgs 3:1-4b; Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Notes: Mary Magdalene was one of Christ’s disciples and was present when he died. Early in the morning of the resurrection, she was, according to Saint Mark’s account (16:9), the first to see the risen Lord.

First reading
Love seeks the beloved.
As this first reading attests the deepest desire is to be with the one you love at all time.
We desire the one who first loved us.

Responsorial Psalm
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

The psalm reading today is the first psalm read on Week One, Sunday Morning, Liturgy of the Hours. It is also used on Solemnities, Feasts and the Sunday of Sunday’s – Easter morning.

We can say then Psalm 63:2-9 is the first among the psalms.

O God, you are my God— it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.
I look to you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.

For your love is better than life;
my lips shall ever praise you!
I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.
My soul shall be sated as with choice food,
with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you!

I think of you upon my bed,
I remember you through the watches of the night
You indeed are my savior,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

Alleluia Verse
Tell us Mary, what did you see on the way?
I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw his empty tomb.

Gospel Portion
His body has been taken.
Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.

  • The Angels asked: Woman, why are you weeping?
  • Jesus asked: Woman, why are you weeping?

The Lord and His heavenly hosts know why we weep.
In compassion we too listen to your stories and hear the anguish and sorrow.

Listening is a divine action. Mary, and every woman needs to be heard.

Mary was listened to by:

  • Peter
  • the Other Disciples
  • Angels
  • Jesus

Mary wanted to know. Mary needed to know. Mary was the first to tell all of us.

We listened to Mary too:

He is risen. All will be risen from the dead.

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.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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