“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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Hope on a Thin Rope…

Tuesday of the 2nd Week In Ordinary Time Year A; 17th January 2017.

Brethen: God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrew 6:10-12

Persevere in doing good. Be assured of hope till the end. Avoid sluggishness. God will never overlook your work. Be imitators of the saints. Lessons we can learn from the readings of today. Seems the Hebrews were beginning to lose hope in their faith. We too may feel that way at times. Trials and tribulations coming at us in full force. Hurt and pains soo often would make us ponder if we aren’t all alone after all. But just like the Hebrews, Paul reassures us not to despair. 

Abraham was being set as that role model that endured and obtained that which was promised. And God in his infinite goodness has never changed that which He promised us through Abraham. God has never stopped wanting to bless us. All we need do is live like the saints before us did. Persevere to the very end. So let us bear in mind that ‘the Lord is gracious and merciful. He gives all to those who fear him‘. Let us not waver but ‘keep His covenant ever in mind.’ (Psalm 111:4-5)

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might know what is the hope to which he has called us. 

Perseverance in the key.

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Tuesday of the 4th week of Advent 2015
   Hannah was said to have lived in torment and humiliation for years just because she could not bear a child (1 Samuel 1:5-7). But she did not relent even when she was initially misunderstood and put off by comments (1 Samuel 1:12-16). She did not lose hope; she poured out her troubles to the Lord and finally God answered her prayer (1 Samuel 1:19). Her sorrow turned into joy, her distress into praises to God our Almighty Father (1 Samuel 2).
   What troubles your heart? What problems do you have which makes you distressed? What is that you have prayed for but there seemed to be no answer? What is that you stopped praying for because you felt there was no use praying for it anymore?
   Don’t lose hope. Don’t relent. You’ve come a long way praying, why stop now? Persevere and you will end up like Hannah and our Mother Mary singing praises to God for that which he will fulfill in your life.

May this Christmas bring us joy and make us magnify in the Lord for the goodness and graces he constantly bestows on us. Amen.