Day 8: Novena to St. Mary Magdalene
The moment of recognition...
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."
Jesus said to her, "Mary!"
She turned and said to him, "Rabbouni!" (which means "Teacher).
How did Jesus approach Mary? At what point did Mary recognise her Lord?
One of our longest pieces in the account of Mary on that first Easter morning... Read it through several times and allow any significant words or phrases to sink into your soul. Why are they important to you? Make a note of them and prepare to use them to feed into your mind and spirit.
Spend a few minutes building the scene in whatever way you find most helpful. If as a film director - enjoy the scene unfolding... if in imagination - simply enjoy!
Many people have moments of recognising something that holds promise and builds on the many good things that have been happening.
Pray for them - for the moment of grace which may affect the rest of their lives.
Mary of Magdala,
your moment of recognition echoes down the centuries
as we learn to recognise our Lord in Word and Communion.
Pray for those experiencing such a moment of recognising
something founded on the rich legacy of faith
and love of countless millions of believers around the world.
Pray too for those who contributed to its development.
Guide us all through your story
to the hope of resurrection.