Thursday, July 21, 2011
FRIDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. MARY MAGDALENE, DISCIPLE OF THE LORD
FRIDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Sg 3:1-4 or 2 Cor 5:14-17 / Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 / Jn 20: 1-2. 11-18
SONG OF SONGS 3:1-4
On my bed at night I looked for the one I love, I sought him without
finding him; I called him and he did not answer. I will rise and go
about the city, through the streets and the squares; I will seek the
love of my heart… I sought him without finding him; the watchmen came
upon me, those who patrol the city. "Have you seen the love of my
heart?" As soon as I left them, I found the love of my heart. I held
him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's
house to the room of her who conceived me.
JOHN 20:1-2, 11-18
On the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb
early in the morning, while it was still dark and she saw that the
stone blocking the tomb had been moved away. She ran to Peter and the
other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, "They have
taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have laid
him." Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent
down to look inside; she saw two angels in white sit ting where the
body of Jesus had been, one at the head, and the other at the feet.
They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She answered, "Because they
have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him." As she
said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did
not recognize him. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who
are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and answered
him, "Lord, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put
him, and I will go and remove him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She
turned and said to him, "Rabboni" – which means, Master. Jesus said to
her, "Do not cling to me; you see I have not yet ascended to the
Father. But go to my brothers and say to them: I am ascending to my
Father, who is your Father, to my God, who is your God. So Mary of
Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord,
and this is what he said to me."
Today is the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene. We know that she was one
of the most faithful followers of Jesus. According to the Scriptures,
Jesus cast out seven demons from her and ever since then, she has been
following and serving him. In the Gospel, the resurrected Christ
appears to Mary first before anyone else. What a great privilege that
must have been for her! Yet she must have grieved so much upon finding
the tomb of Jesus empty. One who searches for Jesus ardently will find
him. This happened to Mary, an ardent follower of Jesus. The risen
Lord reveals himself to her and immediately she falls to the ground in
adoration. This should be the attitude of a soul that truly loves God.
He must pray ardently and when God reveals himself, he must fall to
the ground in worship.
How many of us are like Mary of Magdala? How much do we truly love
Jesus? Do we pray to God with love or just in a mechanical way? The
saints prayed with so much love and fervor and spent a lot of time
doing so. We must imitate them if we want to see the Risen Lord. Love
is the most important ingredient whenever we pray to the Lord. Let us
start to pray with love, if we have not yet done so.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Mon Torres
- Wendy McClintock
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Ong family
… Birthday: Stephen Su
… In Thanksgiving: Manuel Alapide
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Felixberto Valdez.Eternal rest
grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Msgr. Antero Sarmiento
- Wedding Anniversary: Raymund Chua & Julie Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Jose C. Maristela (Feb 4, 1916-Jul 22, 1979)+
- In Memoriam (+): Julian Uy Jr. (Oct 5, 1945-Jul 22, 2002)+
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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