Sunday, July 21, 2019
MONDAY, 16TH Week in Ordinary Time
July 21, 2019 – MONDAY, 16TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Mary Magdalene, Disciple of the Lord
Ex 14: 5 – 18 / Jn 20: 1 – 2, 11 – 18
After the resurrection, Our Lord appeared to St. Mary Magdalene, a close friend and disciple of the Lord.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ex 14: 15 – 18
Yahweh said to Moses, "Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. You will raise you staff and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it to let the Israelites go dryfoot through the sea. I will so harden the minds of the Egyptians that they will follow you. And I will have glory at the expense of Pharaoh, his army, his chariots and horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh when I gain glory for myself at the cost of Pharaoh and his army."
GOSPEL READING: Jn 20: 1 – 2, 11 – 18
Now, 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. 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 sitting 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 him 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."
In first reading Yahweh assures Moses that he would deliver the fleeing Israelites from Pharaoh and his army.
In the Gospel reading the risen Lord comforts his close friend and disciple Mary of Magdala by appearing to her.. He instructs her to inform the Apostles that he is risen.
After his resurrection the risen Jesus makes appearances only to his Apostles and to some women, among them Mary of Magdala in today's Gospel reading. His appearances confirmed and consoled the discouraged and frightened disciples.
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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