Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 22, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
John 20:1-2, 11-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning. . . .
There are so many different ways to look at this passage, but one that I have seen rarely mentioned is the nature of this privileged position of Mary Magdalene. Why Mary Magdalene of all people? Why not Peter, or the Blessed Virgin, or John, the beloved disciple? Why Mary Magdalene?
We may only know the answer when we get to heaven. However, one way to think about it is this—we never know whom God will select to carry out His particular mission. While we sit back in the pews and expect our priests, bishops, and missionaries to fulfill this role (and often they do), it may be the least expected—you, the person sitting next to you, the person with the wailing baby three rows back. God selects for a purpose that we might not know during our time on Earth, but He knows.
Why, then, Mary Magdalene?
Perhaps it was because she was unexpected. She was the least of "these little ones." She was a woman in a society that did not necessarily appreciate women. She is each one of us—the unknown, the small, the unlikely. And she was chosen to proclaim the great good news of the resurrection. As are we. And she was largely ignored or thought to be mad—as we might be. But this particular mission fell to her because she was ready to do it. Her love for the Lord had her up early and at the tomb.
If we are prepared, if we too love the Lord enough to go out of our way for Him, to break the routine and to look for Him in unlikely places, we too can be a sign to those around us. We can proclaim His glorious resurrection without saying a word—for the love we show, the devotion we carry, will speak louder and longer than we could ever do.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Mary Magdalene
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