“Rarely do we reflect upon what gifts our souls may possess, who dwells within them, or how extremely precious they are. Therefore we do little to preserve their beauty; all our care is concentrated on our bodies, which are but the coarse setting of the diamond, or the outer walls of the castle.”
Today’s reading is about Mary Magdalene at the tomb of Jesus. She is one of my Saint Heroes/ friends. Mary was one of the very few at the crucifixion, and had the courage to go to the tomb the next day. She was boldly proclaiming that she loved Jesus. I mean there were Roman guards placed there at the demands of the High Priests, and here comes Mary. She didn’t know where Jesus was. She stood outside the tomb, her weeping was inconsolable by the words of angels. The “Gardener”, Mary assumes, asks her “Why are you weeping? “Whom do you seek?” Mary only wants the dead body of her Lord, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Then one of my favorite events in the Word of God: Jesus said to her “Mary”. I love to think about that. Hearing my Creator say my name. He had spoken several words to her, but when her Creator said her name, she instantly knew Him. What did she hear in her name that was different from all the other words Jesus spoke to her? He said, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” Here she was in the physical presence of Jesus, once again, yet He continues to point to Heaven. As if to say, no, not now, there is more. Mary Magdalene makes me want to hear my name now, but also with great anticipation, in the more. Scripture references: Jn 20: 1-18
Sitting in Adoration, I was ready to unload all of my prayer requests and inquiries regarding God’s Will. I asked Him, what He wanted of me. I really got the idea that what my Creator wanted of me right then was to shut up. So I cleared my head, and sat. I wasn’t looking for God’s voice and I wasn’t using mine. It was a beautiful experience. I was present to Him.I think our lives are so full of time constraints. Our world revolves around time, and we have come to believe that to give someone our time is the ultimate gift. Time for us is finite, and we only have so much of it, and from a certain standpoint it is a huge sacrafice for some. Our Creator, however is not constrained by time. In fact He is eternal. The amazing thing is that He loves us so deeply that He wants an eternity with us. God doesn’t need my time. He wants my presence of mind, body and soul. He knows my needs, and doesn’t need my grocery list of petitions all the time. He wants to engage with my soul. Intimacy with the Omnipresent God, because He wants me. How cool is that?