Homily for Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Intimacy with Christ
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Wednesday July 21 2020
REFLECTION FOR THE FEAST OF MARY MAGDALENE
In the Liturgy of today, we celebrate the Feast of Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene whom the Lord forgave all her sinful life turns out to love so much because of the much favour that was shown her.
The readings of today present an aspect of Mary Magdalene seeking the Lord Jesus and wanting to have and maintain a closer relationship with Him.
In the first reading (Song of Songs 3: 1-4), the bride longs for her lover and, goes out seeking for him and asking people if they have seen him. This parallels Mary’s loving desire for her Master and Saviour.
The gospel (John 20: 1-2, 11-18) presents Mary Magdalene’s encounter with Jesus at the tomb on the resurrection morning. She experiences the empty tomb and desirously wants to know where the body of her Master-Teacher is. Dear friends, Mary Magdalene’s message to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord” , is the very essence of Christianity. It is not enough that a Christian know about the Lord, but that we know Him personally. It is not enough to argue about Jesus, but to meet Jesus. In the resurrection we encounter the living Lord Jesus who loves us personally and shares His glory with us. I pray as we journey in life today, like Mary Magdalene, may the Lord Jesus give us the “eyes of faith” to see the truth of His resurrection and His victory over sin and death.
May Jesus open our ears to recognize His voice as we listen to the Good News. May we, like Mary Magdalene, be willing to surrender our old “demon-possessed” life and go in search of a new and deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus.
Have love-full day!
-Fr. Francis Onwunali