Mary …

Even such signs of the Resur­rec­tion of Jesus Christ as the emp­ty gra­ve, the pre­sen­ce of Angels, or the conver­sa­tion with Him alo­ne, did not help this grie­ving woman to open her eyes to the myste­ry of Mer­cy and its vic­to­ry. You can even be like what she was after being exor­ci­sed (Mk 16: 9) and still do not trust the Love that conqu­ered  evil and death. Becau­se you can talk to God abo­ut eve­ry­thing, you can pray and kne­el for hours, but never let Him appro­ach you. Then the truth abo­ut the Resur­rec­tion of God Who lives, Who IS right next to you, in you and in me, is always distant, alien …

Eve­ry­thing chan­ged when Christ cal­led her by her name: Mary … (J 20:16). At the tone of His voice, the strings of Mary Magdalene’s heart thril­led with joy and a sen­se of hap­pi­ness. It was only when she reco­gni­zed Jesus, only then did she, as if, rose aga­in. She remo­ved the heavy sto­ne of the old way of thin­king. She tur­ned 180 degre­es towards Jesus (J 20:16) and then the Risen One ceased to be a stran­ge gar­de­ner to her. He beca­me her Belo­ved Teacher: Rab­bo­uni. Becau­se only when I let God call me by my name, when I allow Him to cre­ate this only inti­ma­te rela­tion­ship of love with me, only then my heart will open to the reali­ty of the new life. St. Fau­sti­na wro­te in her Dia­ry: I will rise from the dead in Jesus, but first I must live in Him (Dia­ry, 392). This Sun­day when we cele­bra­te the Resur­rec­tion of our Lord, let us pray for the gra­ce of streng­the­ning our rela­tion­ship with Christ so that we may rise to the New Life. Amen.