On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him." But Mary 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.
Through the name that we receive in Baptism God tells us: “I have called you by name, you are mine” (Is 43,1). (2156–2159, 2165)
In Baptism a person is not dissolved into an anonymous divinity, but rather is affirmed precisely in his individuality. To be baptized by a name signifies that God knows me, he says Yes to me and accepts me forever in my unrepeatable uniqueness.
Since I grew up without a father, priests became fatherly role models for me. Over time, I realized that our Lord Jesus Christ was present in them in a very special way. Last summer I had an experience similar to that of Mary Magdalene at the tomb of the Lord: in a confession with an unknown priest, I felt that he knew me better than I knew myself. He reminded me of my deepest identity as a beloved child of God. I felt like Mary Magdalene, who cried because she was "nothing" without Jesus. He had been taken away from her. But in the encounter with the Risen One, her Redeemer and Master - with him, in him, through him - she again became the much-loved daughter of the Father. Through Jesus she became everything because He had redeemed her.
As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named
Mary (who) sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving,
came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me." The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."
In meditation a Christian seeks silence so as to experience intimacy with God and to find peace in his presence. He hopes for the sensible experience of his presence, which is an undeserved gift of grace; he does not expect it, however, as the product of a particular technique of meditation.
Meditation can be an important aid to faith that strengthens and matures the human person. Nevertheless, techniques of meditation that promise to bring about an experience of God, or even the soul’s union with God, are deceptive. On account of such false promises, many people believe that God has abandoned them just because they do not perceive him. But God cannot be compelled to show up by particular methods. He communicates himself to us whenever and however he wishes.
Today or in the next few days, find a place where it's absolutely quiet. Sit there and do nothing for a while — like the farmer whom St Priest of Ars discovered in the church, sitting there quietly for a long time. "What are you doing," the saint asked. "Nothing," the farmer said. "I look at him. And he looks at me."
But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many (people) followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
"Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."
All values have their origin in God. Love is not an attribute that God has; “God is love” (1 Jn 4,8). Hence love for others must be the central point of reference for all social activity. If I love, I will be truthful, accept the freedom of other people, and work for justice. Love surpasses justice because I not only give the other person what is due to him but wholeheartedly want to do him good. The fundamental value of “the dignity of the human person” also has its basis in God’s love for us. Because God loves each individual person beyond all measure, he created him in his lovable likeness; thus man possesses an inalienable, inherent dignity.
I've never been at a fork in the road where I thought, I believe or I don't believe. I have always believed, and I will always believe. I pray every evening with my daughter, and we go to church. What would be the meaning of our existence if nothing comes after that? I hope that Christian values will not be lost in our society.
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