Mark’s Gospel offers three different occasions where the Risen Lord appeared to fourteen disciples: Mary Magdalene, Two on the road to Emmaus and the Eleven Apostles. In these encounters we see our own human need for the time and effort necessary to grow in our faith.
Both Peter and Mary Magdalene reveal how Christ’s resurrection transforms our human weakness and empowers us for service in the world. We, too, are called to receive the grace of Easter into our hearts as the Lord takes the gift of our lives and equips us to proclaim the Good News.
Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the Risen Lord. Empowered by Jesus, she is sent to proclaim the resurrection to the Apostles. Her example reminds us that God continues to bless us in our weaknesses and strengthen us for service in the world today.
The Gospel of John recounts how Mary Magdalene was the first to meet the Risen Lord. Her conversion and witness inspire us: no matter what our past has been, God’s grace can touch our hearts and change our lives!
Mary Magdalene is transformed from sorrow to joy in the light of the Risen Lord. She is sent forth by Jesus to proclaim a message of hope to the disciples, reminding us that we are also called to share the Good News of the resurrection through the witness of our lives.
She is the first person Jesus appears to after his resurrection. Mary Magdalene, a “sinner” who found in Christ forgiveness and compassion, becomes our model today. May we, in our own weakness and sin, see Christ and respond with love to his call.
Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, 1835, Location currently unknown.