A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Plots and purpose

In devising reflections on the readings of the day, it is often helpful to try to draw some inspiration from their juxtaposition.

Today's first reading (Micah 2:1-5) deals with evil plots.

The Gospel (John 20:1-2, 11-18) involves Mary Magdalene.


I'd have to be a genius like da Vinci to unravel that code.

Seriously, there is at least one simple thread that ties together these readings (and the Responsorial Psalm - 10:1-4, 7-8, 14).

As we hear in the first reading and the Psalm (as well as today's news), the world is often not a safe place. There are evil people who wish to harm others and even to harm us.

But as Mary Magdalene did in today's Gospel, no matter what surprises – good or bad – we may encounter in life, we should hold fast to our purpose: carrying out the command of the Lord.

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
"I have seen the Lord,"
and then reported what he told her.