August 9, 2022     1:42 pm
137. Week of Easter Sunday - Wednesday
          Rabboni.   John 20:16
          Mary Magdalene stood outside the sepulchre weeping; and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre, and saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they said to her: "Woman, why do you weep?" She said to them: "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." When she had said this, she turned back, and saw Jesus standing, and didn't know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her: "Woman, why do you weep? Whom do you seek?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him: "Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her: "Mary!" She turned and said to Him: "Rabboni!" which is to say: "Master!" Jesus said to her: "Do not touch Me; for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them: I ascend to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God." - Thus the Saviour, when He had risen early the first day of Easter-week, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven devils. And highly enraptured, she said: "Rabboni!"- But He refused to be detained, to continue with His own as before, visibly and in humiliation. No, He wanted to ascend to His Father. But just then and thus would He be with His disciples, better, more intimately, and more closely united; and by His Holy Spirit He would enlighten them truly to know the blessed union with Him, and through Him with God the Father. And this grace we all possess. Knowing the risen and ascended Lord through His Word, and knowing Him to be present, rich in mercy, we, too, may say in rapture: "Rabboni!"
          PRAYER: - Rabboni! Lord Jesus, You live and are with me, full of grace. You have procured salvation for me. Your Father is my Father, Your God is my God. I am blessed. Grant me grace, O Lord, to love You and to rejoice in You. With Your kind saving hand lead me through death to where I may see You bodily, and where in never-ending rapture I may exclaim:"Rabboni!" Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     1:42 pm