Did Mary hear Jesus speaking to her? Yes and no. She was aware of his presence and heard his words but did not understand or realize who was speaking to her. It is only when he says: Mary! Then she realizes who is speaking with her. Mary’s heart and entire being is filled with joy, wonder and astonishment.
Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
Did Mary hear Jesus speaking to her? Yes and no. She was aware of his presence and heard his words but did not understand or realize who was speaking to her. It is only when he says: Mary! Then she realizes who is speaking with her. Mary’s heart and entire being is filled with joy, wonder and astonishment; at that moment she realizes who is speaking with her. Mary is enveloped by Divine Love at that moment, and she reaches out to hold on to the Risen Lord. Yet, Jesus tells her; “don’t cling to me.” Jesus tells her why. Could she be clinging to him so fiercely for selfish reasons coupled with emotional feelings or for fear of losing him once again to a second kind of death? I don’t know. Christ enlightens her and gives her a mission. Mary is entrusted with being the first person to announce that he is not dead but that Christ is risen from the dead!
The Risen Christ now speaks to us and entrusts to us the task of proclaiming with joy the Resurrection. Christ is alive! Christ has conquered sin and death. We are asked not to cling to him but to proclaim this message clearly and strongly. Being raised by him to a newness of life wrought by his divine and glorious Blood, we do not selfishly cling to the Resurrected Lord without understanding or faith but are changed by him and perpetually given life. We who profess his resurrection are commissioned by him, for “You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”
Now after the days of the Great and Holy Fast and Passion of our Lord, let us go forward with the conviction of Mary Magdalen and with the unswerving enthusiasm and confidence in the Divine Blood, which St. Gaspar had to proclaim. Let us go forward in our time, at our places of work, in our schools, to our families and friends, to those who are estranged or marginalized, and yes, even to our enemies: Christ is risen! Real life and real freedom are restored to humankind. Let the Risen Christ be encountered by every person who becomes acquainted with us.
Rev. George “Yuri” Kuzara, C.PP.S. (Cincinnati)