Recognizing the Living Christ

Reflections for contemplative living

This Easter season, I feel like Mary Magdalene weeping by the tomb of the risen Lord. She stays near to where she knows Jesus to be but when she sees Him, she doesn’t recognize Him immediately. But she knows, deep down and by the sound of His voice. 

It’s only natural that we want to hang onto what and who we love. But we are called to something more. Jesus says: “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers.” 

The not clinging has to do with the call to proclaim. The idea is not to hang on to Jesus but to announce what he has accomplished. The content of the proclamation is, once again, that we have become the intimates of God: “My Father and your Father . . . my God and your God.”

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