“Whom Do You Seek?”

Saturday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Year A. Memorial of Mary Magdalene, Disciple of the Lord. 22nd July 2017. 

Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been turned away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they had laid him.” But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” 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).
John 20:1-2, 11-16

In today’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene comes looking for a dead body; our Lord Jesus Christ’s corspe. She had come out to the tomb that morning for one purpose: to finish the prescribed burial customs for Jesus. His body had been placed in the tomb hurriedly on Friday evening, for it was almost sundown and the Passover feast was near. Passover and Sabbath now complete; it was time to anoint the body and finish all the usual customs. Tramautized from Our Lord’s Crucifixion and Death, she took it upon herself to perform such rite, probably out of kindness and love for her “Rabboni”. But to her surprise, she found the stone already rolled away and no body. In fear, she runs to tell the disciples of her findings. In grief, she stays back weeping, failing to see the Good News of our Lord’s Resurrection immediately.

But Mary Magdalene shows us how perseverance can turn fear into faith. Like the bride in the Song of Solomon (3:1-4) who sought Him who her soul loves and found Him not, Mary Magdalene sought for Our Lord Jesus in tears and inflamed with the fire of love, longing to see the One she thought they had taken away, she remained there with the exception of finding Him. And scarcely had the angels asked her, “Woman why are you weeping”, had she found Jesus. 
Most times, we live in dismay and become soo filled with worries and doubt to the extent we lose faith and in losing such faith, the risen Christ dies in our hearts. Discouragement and darkness begins to penetrate our souls. When we finally try to seek Him again, it becomes hard because in all despair, it seems we ‘carried him away’ from ourselves. We become spiritually blind. But Our Lord Jesus is everliving, He is always close at hand and today He asks each and every one of us, “Whom do you seek?” He calls us by our names so that our eyes might open to the reality of his Resurrection and the joy He brings.

Let us like the bride in today’s first reading, go in search of Him whom our soul loves for we will always find Jesus whom we seek. Like Mary Magdalene, let us persevere in seeking Him in every circumstance of our lives for He is always very much in touch with the events of our life though we may not be aware of Him. And by doing this, may our faith grow stronger as we be authentic Disciples of the Lord and become witness to our Lord’s saving grace and healing power His Resurrection gives.

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Blessed Are…

Monday of the 10th week in Ordinary Time; 6th June 2016
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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,  for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven…”
(Mathhew 5:3-11)

  Here are the beatitudes: the rules and regulations every Christian ought to abide in, the pathway to our heavenly reward if followed. Christ uses these beatitudes to call us to embrace a life of holiness, a life worthy of the meaning of being ‘Christian’. However we can only live to God’s expectations and practice these virtues only if we go to Him.
His disciples came to him… and he taught them…
(Mathew 5: 1, 2)
Unless we are wholly rooted in God can we realize the virtues embodied in the beatitudes. We must recognize our dependence on God and go to Him to taught us to live as his Son our Lord Jesus Christ lived. Only then shall we rejoice and be glad. Only then said our reward be great in heaven.

Where Is Jesus? Let’s Find Him!

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Feast Of the Holy Family
   The Holy Family. The perfect model of family which every Christian home should emulate. So what makes this family worthy of being called Holy. Is it Mary, or Joseph? I don’t think they had any parenting experience. I mean they were both young, and though they both agreed to God’s plan, their initial will was just to get married. God only knows how long it would have taken before they had considered parenting if things went their way. So what could make this family Holy?
1)Obedience: Mary and Joseph are perfect models of faith and obedience. They were obedient to God’s will for them totally surrendering their lives to Him.
2)God’s presence: They realized they couldn’t do it all without God’s constant presence. This can be illustrated in today’s Gospel. I can imagine the discomfort, the panic and confusion Joseph and Mary must have felt looking for the child Jesus, God made man for three straight days! And these leads to questions we ought to ask ourselves

How many times have we lost Christ when we put the material possessions in the forefront of our lives? How many times have we being soo engulfed in work that we don’t spend quality time with our family and make our children grow up believing happiness depends on material possessions because we are busy paper chasing? How often do we lose Christ as a result of the loads of garbage we carry with us in our lives?


   Sometimes we as families get overcomed with the burdens that we end up losing Jesus in our lives and homes. Then confusion sets in. But we can learn how to make our homes holy. What made a family like that of Jesus, Mary and Jesus? Its obedience and the presence of our Lord. Let us like Mary and Joseph go back to reconnect with Jesus and see things go well in our families.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, make ours homes like yours. Amen