Today’s Gospel (from catholic daily reflections)
What a privilege! Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the risen Lord, and there is no doubt that many would have concluded that she was the most unworthy person to receive such a blessing.
We know the story of Mary Magdalene well. She was a very sinful woman who was almost stoned. Jesus did not condemn her and told those who wanted to stone her that the one without sin should cast the first stone. One by one they left Mary, and Jesus forgave her and reconciled her to the Father.
After that, she became a faithful follower of Jesus and radically changed her life. For that reason, we now call her “saint.” But this passage above tells us even more about Jesus and His mercy.
This passage is taken from the account of Jesus’ Resurrection. Mary had gone to the tomb only to find it empty. She sat there weeping thinking that someone took Jesus’ body away. But suddenly, before her eyes, Jesus was there and alive. His words were piercing and profound. He said, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.”
It was indeed a wonderful blessing that Jesus appeared to her first. This sinful woman was now the first witness and first messenger to the Resurrection. This tells us that Jesus does not discriminate against us because of our past sins. He does not have a long memory holding us forever accountable for what we’ve done in the past. His forgiveness is absolute when given and it completely restores us to grace if we are open. This is what happened with Mary. Jesus chose her, this formerly sinful woman, to be His first witness of His Resurrection.
It stresses the importance of a good and heartfelt confession, the importance of cleaning the slate (so to speak); allowing us in the eyes of God to move away from past indescretions. None of us know the day or the hour that we will leave this world…….