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She longed ardently for Jesus Christ, Whom she thought they had taken away
She longed ardently for Jesus Christ, Whom she thought they had taken away
She longed ardently for Jesus Christ, Whom she thought they had taken away
 
 
 


 
Noli Me Tangere by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588); Musée des Beaux-Arts de Grenoble, France; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
She longed ardently for Jesus Christ, Whom she thought they had taken away

From a homily on the Gospels by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome (540-604)
(Hom. 25,1-2.4-5: PL 76, 1189-1193)


When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she believed someone had taken it away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The Gospel says about them: "The disciples went back home," and it adds: "but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb."

What has to be considered in these events is the intensity of love that burned in the heart of that woman for Jesus Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained and would not leave it. She was still seeking the One she had not found, seeking Him in tears and, lit in the fire of her love, she longed for Him who she thought had been taken away. For this reason she was the only one to see Him. For she had stayed behind seeking Him, as what strengthens good works is one's perseverance in them, just as the voice of He who is the Truth, personified, tells us: "Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved."

At first she searched for Him, without finding Him; she persevered in her search, and it was in this way that she found Him. With the delay her desire grew stronger, and this increased desire gave her the courage to find what she was seeking. Holy desires, in effect, increase with delay. If the delay cools them down, then it's either because they are not really true holy desires. Anyone who is capable to arrive at the truth is so able to do so because he or she has felt the strength of that love. That's why David says: “My soul has thirst for God, for the living God. When shall I enter to see the face of God?” Identical sentiments are expressed by the Church when it says, in the Songs of Songs: "I faint from love" and also: "My soul melts with love."

"Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" She is asked about the cause of her pain with the end that her desire be increased since, by reminding her Whom she is seeking, her love is kindled all the more ardently.

Jesus says to her: "Mary." Jesus is not recognized when He calls her "woman"; so He calls her by name, as though He were saying: Recognize the One who recognizes you; I know you, not in a generic manner, like others, but instead in a special way." Mary, feeling herself being called by her name, recognizes the One who has pronounced it, and, at that moment, calls Him "Rabboni", that is to say, "Teacher," because the One whom she sought outwardly was the One who inwardly instructed her so that she seek Him.

Let us Pray

Our God, who wanted Saint Mary Magdalene to be the first one to receive from Your Only Begotten Son the mission of announcing the Paschal joy: grant us, through her intercession that, following her example, we make known Christ resurrected and we deserve to afterwards contemplate Him reigning in Your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit who is God, for ever and ever, Amen.


Translated from the Spanish Office of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
She longed ardently for Jesus Christ, Whom she thought they had taken away

From a homily on the Gospels by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome (540-604)
(Hom. 25,1-2.4-5: PL 76, 1189-1193)


When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she believed someone had taken it away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The Gospel says about them: "The disciples went back home," and it adds: "but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb."

What has to be considered in these events is the intensity of love that burned in the heart of that woman for Jesus Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained and would not leave it. She was still seeking the One she had not found, seeking Him in tears and, lit in the fire of her love, she longed for Him who she thought had been taken away. For this reason she was the only one to see Him. For she had stayed behind seeking Him, as what strengthens good works is one's perseverance in them, just as the voice of He who is the Truth, personified, tells us: "Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved."

At first she searched for Him, without finding Him; she persevered in her search, and it was in this way that she found Him. With the delay her desire grew stronger, and this increased desire gave her the courage to find what she was seeking. Holy desires, in effect, increase with delay. If the delay cools them down, then it's either because they are not really true holy desires. Anyone who is capable to arrive at the truth is so able to do so because he or she has felt the strength of that love. That's why David says: “My soul has thirst for God, for the living God. When shall I enter to see the face of God?” Identical sentiments are expressed by the Church when it says, in the Songs of Songs: "I faint from love" and also: "My soul melts with love."

"Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" She is asked about the cause of her pain with the end that her desire be increased since, by reminding her Whom she is seeking, her love is kindled all the more ardently.

Jesus says to her: "Mary." Jesus is not recognized when He calls her "woman"; so He calls her by name, as though He were saying: Recognize the One who recognizes you; I know you, not in a generic manner, like others, but instead in a special way." Mary, feeling herself being called by her name, recognizes the One who has pronounced it, and, at that moment, calls Him "Rabboni", that is to say, "Teacher," because the One whom she sought outwardly was the One who inwardly instructed her so that she seek Him.

Let us Pray

Our God, who wanted Saint Mary Magdalene to be the first one to receive from Your Only Begotten Son the mission of announcing the Paschal joy: grant us, through her intercession that, following her example, we make known Christ resurrected and we deserve to afterwards contemplate Him reigning in Your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit who is God, for ever and ever, Amen.


Translated from the Spanish Office of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
 
 
 
July 22 - Saint Mary Magdalene - She longed ardently for Jesus Christ, Whom she thought they had taken away - from Homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great (540-604)


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.