Vocation Meditation - March 23
When she (Mary Magdalene) had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know 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, "Rabboni!" which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to my 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 heard the same question that was asked by Jesus to his would-be followers at the beginning of his ministry: "Whom are you looking for?" They answered. "Where do you live?" "Come and see." was Jesus' reply to them. Here, it was Mary Magdalene's turn to come and see. She came and saw and not finding Jesus, she wept her loss. Then, called by name, Mary experienced her Easter! Facing the Risen Lord of Life, there is no more weeping, no more holding on to Him. Easter is believing with joy! It is going forth from Him to proclaim to everyone: "I have seen the Lord! He is risen!"
Every day is Easter! I know my Saviour lives!
Whom are you really looking for?
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.