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April 06, 2021

Jn 20: 11-18

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.

Jesus, reunited with Mary

The most miraculous thing to have ever happened did not come about as we would expect but but rather silently. In The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the first of the prayers over the resurrection is not recorded in the Gospels. Ignatius invites us to imagine Jesus going home to his mother Mary and letting her be the first to see him in his glory. I imagine the two hugging each other so close after a greeting from Mary that may have rivaled the joy of the Magnificat. And yet, there’s no trumpet blast. We are (hopefully) nearing the end of our subjugation to Covid-19. We also will not hear a trumpet blast. Rather, many of us will receive a quiet vaccine, lovingly given by countless nurses. We are blessed that soon, we may share in the joy of a reunited Jesus and Mary, and hug our family members close as we did before this trail.  —Alex Hale, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic from the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.  

Prayer

God of reunions, may you grant us a safe reunion to our friends and family that we have missed over this pandemic. May you be present in each cry of joy, each hug, each and every joyful tear shed at the embrace of love reunited, that we may know that you did suffer with us, yet now rejoice with us as well. Amen. 

—Alex Hale, SJ


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April 06, 2021

Jn 20: 11-18

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.

Jesus, reunited with Mary

The most miraculous thing to have ever happened did not come about as we would expect but but rather silently. In The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the first of the prayers over the resurrection is not recorded in the Gospels. Ignatius invites us to imagine Jesus going home to his mother Mary and letting her be the first to see him in his glory. I imagine the two hugging each other so close after a greeting from Mary that may have rivaled the joy of the Magnificat. And yet, there’s no trumpet blast. We are (hopefully) nearing the end of our subjugation to Covid-19. We also will not hear a trumpet blast. Rather, many of us will receive a quiet vaccine, lovingly given by countless nurses. We are blessed that soon, we may share in the joy of a reunited Jesus and Mary, and hug our family members close as we did before this trail.  —Alex Hale, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic from the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.  

Prayer

God of reunions, may you grant us a safe reunion to our friends and family that we have missed over this pandemic. May you be present in each cry of joy, each hug, each and every joyful tear shed at the embrace of love reunited, that we may know that you did suffer with us, yet now rejoice with us as well. Amen. 

—Alex Hale, SJ


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