April 14, 2020

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. (John 20:16)

Imagine the range of emotions Mary of Magdala experienced on that first Easter morning. The sadness of the events of Good Friday still hung over her heart as she made her way in the darkness. When the stone was rolled against the opening of the tomb where the lifeless body of Jesus had been placed after being washed and anointed, it must have seemed like the end of the world to her. A few caring burial rites would bring this chapter in her turbulent life to closure, or so she thought.

And suddenly there he was, speaking her name as he had done so often during the time she journeyed in his company! Every memory and association from those years flooded her mind and heart. He was alive!

The encounter with the risen Christ changes everything. It restores hope and energizes weary hearts and limbs for mission.

As a young priest, Peter Julian Eymard wanted to restore the faith and religious practice of the indifferent in the small towns where he served. As a zealous Marist, he wanted to nourish the spirituality of families and the young. In an age marked by tepid faith and the onslaught of secularism, he wanted to set aflame the hearts of all believers.

Where did he go? To the encounter with the risen Christ in the sacrament of his mercy and love! “He [Christ] loved us personally, centuries before we were born.” In the power of that love, we live anew!

With Mary, go to Christ this day to be loved and taught.

Let us pray:

“Jesus Christ, by faith revealed, with us now in sacred sign; Cleansing water, healing oil, gift of self in bread and wine; God-with-us, as grace, we pray: make your presence known today. Amen.” (Text by Delores Dufner)


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.