Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 22, A.D. 2005
Song of Songs 3:1-4
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
John 20:1-2, 11-18
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Woman, why are you weeping?" (John 20:15)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. But the one thing
we need not mourn, need never concern ourselves with again, is the loss of
Jesus. Jesus is no longer present on earth in a single corporeal body, but
we have His Real Presence, His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the
Eucharist. Moreover, we are part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
Why then are you weeping? Let your heart be filled with joy, because joy is
the presence of heaven on earth. God gives us joy and fills us with joy as
a "preview" of heaven and a reassurance of His Presence.
God is ever with us--there is no need for weeping. Indeed, our joy should
ever increase as we realize Him and His Presence in all of those around us.
There is no longer any need for standing by the tomb. It is time to make
meals, to sing, to dance, to invite all to celebrate with us.
Christ is risen and we are a risen people--risen from weeping at a tomb to
dancing in heaven with Our Joy, Our Lord, Our God, Our Brother, Our Teacher,
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Mary Magdalene, disciple
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