Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene early Easter Sunday morning. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Piety so he can build a regular practice of Adoration and by seeking the Gift of Counsel from the Holy Spirit so he can be guided in his daily life by God’s Divine Presence.

Liturgy

Octave of Easter – Tuesday – Jn 20:11-18

Commentary

In the pre-dawn hours of Easter morning, Mary Magdalene, who witnessed Jesus’ Crucifixion (Jn 19:25) and burial in the tomb, returns to complete the burial process by ritually anointing Jesus’ body with spices (Lk 24:2). Mary had great devotion to Jesus for He had cast seven demons out of her (Lk 8:2). Finding the massive stone that sealed the tomb rolled away, seeing the tomb empty, and thinking Jesus’ body had been stolen, Mary ran back to the Upper Room (a bit less than a mile) to alert Peter and John. Peter and John run to the tomb, followed by Mary Magdalene, and confirm that Jesus has disappeared, but begin to believe He is alive after seeing His mysterious burial cloths left in the tomb. They then return to the Upper Room.   

Mary Magdalene remains alone at the tomb, unaware that Peter and John have seen the mysterious burial cloths and are convinced of Jesus’ Resurrection. Weeping, she stoops to look into the tomb, and finds two frightening angels, appearing as men in dazzling white robes (Lk 24:4), have miraculously appeared. When they ask why she is weeping, Mary, astonishingly unafraid despite the encounter with the supernatural, repeats her belief that the body of Jesus has been stolen. 

Immediately, Mary turns and sees Jesus but strangely does not recognize Him, thinking Him to be a gardener, even after He speaks to her. When Mary asks Jesus to return His own dead body, He calls Mary by name and she immediately recognizes Him as, “Rabbouni”, meaning “my teacher and master”,  she falls to the ground and grasps His feet in adoration (Mt 28:9). Mysteriously, Jesus orders Mary to stop holding on to Him, a cryptic revelation that there is a mysterious difference between how He currently manifests His glory and how He will manifest His glory after the Ascension when He is seated at the right hand of God the Father (CCC 660). Jesus reveals that He will ascend to God the Father and offers the beautiful consolation that God the Father is now Mary’s Father too. Jesus commands Mary to go and tell His brethren, the Apostles, that He is alive and will be ascending to God the Father and she obediently returns to the Upper Room and informs the Apostles. 

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Marvel at the mysterious Divine Power of Jesus to disguise His Glorified Body (CCC 645-646, 659) so that even one of His closest disciples, Mary Magdalene, cannot immediately recognize Him.

Build a regular practice of Adoration 

Realize: When confronted with the reality of meeting the resurrected Christ, Mary falls to the ground in adoration; so too should every Catholic man humbly adore the True Presence of Christ in the Tabernacle and in Adoration. 

Believe: Reflect upon the Adoration of Christ (CCC 347, 1178, 1183, 1378-1379, 1418, 2096, 2628, 2691, 2696).

Pray: Jesus, Perfection of Piety, to help me build the Virtue of Piety (a part of Justice) so I regularly set aside time to kneel before You in Adoration and receive happiness. 

Be guided in daily life by God’s Divine Presence

Realize: In the Resurrection, Jesus radically transformed the course of human history, the eternal destiny of mankind, and invites all men to be saved and guided by Him in daily life. 

Believe: Consider The Meaning and Saving Significance of the Resurrection (CCC 651-658).

Pray: Spirit of Wisdom, give me the Gift of Counsel so I grow in my awareness that Jesus resides in my soul and more fully rely on Him to guide me in daily life.