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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 20,1-2.11-18. breski1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the …More
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 20,1-2.11-18. breski1
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him."
But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him."
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and said to him, "Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni," which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and what he told her.

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Saint Bernard (1091-1153)

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermons on the Song of Songs, no. 28, 9-10 (©Cistercian Publications Inc., 1976)

"Who are you looking for?"
Only the hearing that catches the word possesses the truth (…) "Do not touch me," says the Lord. He meant: depend no longer on this fallible sense; put your trust in the word, get used to faith. Faith cannot be deceived. With the power to understand invisible truths, faith does not know the poverty of the senses; it transcends even the limits of human reason, the capacity of nature, the bounds of experience. Why do you ask the eye to do what it is not equipped to do? And why does the hand endeavor to examine things beyond its reach? What you may learn from these senses is of limited value. But faith will tell you of me without detracting from my greatness. Learn to receive with greater confidence, to follow with greater security, whatever faith commends to you. "Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father." As if ,after he had ascended, he wished to be or could be touched by it! And yet he could be touched, but by the heart, not by the hand; by desire, not by the eye; by faith, not by the senses. "Why do you want to touch me now?" he says (…) "Do you not remember that, while I was still mortal, the eyes of the disciples could not endure for a short space the glory of my transfigured body that was destined to die? I still accommodate myself to your senses by bearing this form of a servant (Phil 2:7) which you are accustomed to seeing. But this glory of mine is too wonderful for you (…) Defer your judgment therefore (…) With its fuller comprehension, faith will define it more worthily and more surely (…) They, therefore, will touch me worthily who will accept me as being seated with the Father (Mk 16:19; Ps 110[109]:1), no longer in lowly guise, but in my own flesh transformed with heaven's beauty. Why wish to touch what is ugly? Have patience that you may touch me in my beauty.”
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