For 22 July 2013, Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, based on John 20: 1-2; 11-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, â€˜They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.â€™
Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, â€˜Woman, why are you weeping?â€™ She said to them, â€˜They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.â€™ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, â€˜Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?â€™ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, â€˜Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.â€™ Jesus said to her, â€˜Mary!â€™ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, â€˜Rabbouni!â€™ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, â€˜Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, â€œI am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.â€ â€™ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, â€˜I have seen the Lordâ€™; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.