Hope you manage to get to enjoy today’s sunshine.
Hope all's going okay in lockdown life.
When I had a look over the gospel for today's Mass, I thought to myself - visual aid. Visual aids are always good to help with teaching and learning.
Today's gospel is short and worth a read through. It's a scene which could be regarded as a visual aid.
In it Mary Magdalene is outside the empty tomb. She's weeping. She doesn't know where they have put Christ.
Jesus is standing there in front of her, though she thought that he was the gardener. She didn't recognise him at first. A short conversation takes place, and Jesus calls her by her name, Mary.
When she heard her name being spoken, she then knew that this was Jesus standing before her. Jesus then sends her off to be a living witness to the resurrection.
So, how is the scene a visual aid? Well, what it illustrates are the different aspects of baptism.
Jesus called Mary by name. In baptism, Jesus calls people by name.
In the resurrection garden, Mary was being invited to enter into a personal relationship with the risen Christ. In baptism we are invited to enter in to the same.
The whole experience of faith invites us to enter into a personal relationship / friendship with Jesus and his Father.
And in the visual aid scene, Jesus appointed Mary Magdalene to be 'apostle of apostles'.
Baptismal union with Jesus, baptismal life involves us being sent out - it involves us being apostles. Like Mary Magdalene, each and every one of us is called to be living witnesses to the resurrection.
Today is another day - and we thank God for the gift of it - today is another day of our baptismal life with Christ. St Paul tells us that God has made us alive through Christ, and raised us up with Him.
Today is another day for us to do our best among those with whom we live, especially in these lockdown days, to live according to the gospel.
All the best for the Easter Octave.
These eight days celebrating the great joy of Easter