How wonderful it is, when we can say, like David, “I saw (experienced) the Lord ever before me . . . my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”
We meet the Lord in many ways: at the celebration of Mass; prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament; in the eyes of a new-born or the eyes of a wise person. We experience God in the touch of someone who cares, the listening ear of an empathetic friend, the grateful smile of the street panhandler whose name you spoke, the courageous stand for justice of a young person; or, in myriad other events or persons.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary met Jesus as they went away from the tomb. They were “fearful yet overjoyed.” He said, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers” to meet me in Galilee.
Graced by this encounter with Jesus, the two Mary’s go off “to tell” the “good news” to those saddened by Jesus’ crucifixion and death.
At the end of Mass, having remembered this paschal story and nurtured by the body and blood of Jesus, we are sent to announce the Gospel (“good news”) by our lives. How might we today announce the Gospel by being the eyes or the ears or the mouth or the hands whereby someone in need “saw the Lord?”
“Lord, show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. Alleluia.” (Psalm 16:11)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)