Day 5: Novena to St. Mary Magdalene
Faith leading to understanding
As yet they did not understand the scripture that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
What was the mood of the disciples as they turned back to go home? What were their expectations about what might happen next?
A very short piece but continue to read it through a few times, allowing the words to sink deep within you. Are there words or insights from the passage than seem important as we pass the halfway point in our Novena,
Spend a few minutes building the scene in whatever way you find most helpful. How do the disciples take their leave of Mary? What is the "feel" of the scene at this point?
Faith often comes before understanding. We believe - but may have to reflect - read - contemplate - experience something differently before we move to understanding. Reflecting and learning how to make our faith yet more alive and active is for some people exciting - for others it is a challenge.
Pray for people who are excited - and those who are challenged.
Mary of Magdala,
you did not understand but you believed.
Pray for as we seek to understand more fully
what God wills for us.
Pray for those for whom this is an exciting time
and for those for whom it is difficult and challenging.
Guide us all through your story
to the hope of resurrection.