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Daily Reflection: April 2, 2013 Tuesday

THE WORD

Ac 2,36-41 / Jn 20,11-18

But Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.

IN OTHER WORDS

One day in my parish here in Switzerland, I was looking for my alb. I searched and searched in the closet but to no avail. I tried again and this time carefully looking at the size and number, still to no avail. I have almost turned the closet upside down but still I could not find it. I felt a mixture of frustration, desperation and anger inside. Then I paused for a while and turned my glance to a side and noticed that I was looking for my alb in the wrong closet.

Mary failed to recognize the risen Lord because her focus was on herself, her grief, her pain. We are sometimes like her. In our confusion, hatred, fear, pain, in our brokenness, we may miss the presence of the Lord who is always there. In her grief, Mary did not recognize him. Christ appeared to her not in His majesty in the midst of choirs of angels, rather as a simple and an ordinary man. Christ reveals Himself not just in the happy moments of our lives but also in the saddest and lowest times when we are broken and wounded.

But through her loss and pain she was able to grow. Like Mary may we also be able to grow in our pain and loss. May we all, no matter what the circumstances maybe, simply be given the grace to experience the same.

– Fr. Antonio Enerio, SVD (Switzerland)

The Word in other words 2013

An annual project of Logos Publications, The WORD in Other Words Bible Diary contains daily scripture readings and reflections written by priest, brothers, and sisters of the three congregations founded by St. Arnold Janssen (the SVD, SSpS, and SSpSAP). It hopes to serve as a daily companion to readers who continually seek the correlation of the Word of God and human experience.

Production: Fr. Carlos Maria de Guzman, Jr., SVD Staff of Logos Publications
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