Reflection on John 20:11-18 ~
If Mary Magdalene cannot perceive that a gardener can be Jesus, how are we expected to look at anyone and see Jesus? If Mary had held onto the un-ascended resurrected Jesus, then how would we too know Christ Glorified? If we are to truly know the truth of the Word and Eucharist, we must let go of our interior desires so Jesus may ascend from within. Further still, doesn’t our on-going transformation into disciples happen because of our participation with the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
John 20 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 20:11-18.