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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Scriptural Readings: Acts 2:36-41; Ps. 33:4-5, 18-19, 20+22; John 20:11-18

My dear encountered couples:

Sometimes we feel so sorry for ourselves when our plans are upset that we miss out on something better. That is what almost happened to Mary Magdalene. She was so saddened by the unexpected disappearance of the body of Jesus that she seems to have fallen into a sort of depression and just stood there crying.

Poor Mary! Poor us when we find ourselves in the same situation! For we just might be missing the good that is right there with us. Mary almost didn’t recognize Jesus who was talking with her.

When disappointments come into our lives, there is a reason for them. A reason for God letting them happen. It means something better is going to happen. And it might already be happening. But as long as we keep concentrating on our ill fortune and sad state of affairs, as long as we keep moaning and groaning over all the bad things that happen to us, we just might be missing out on the good that God is working out for us during every daily moment.

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb with the other women to anoint the body of Jesus. And now she couldn’t do it. His body was gone. But something better awaited her. The Living Christ!

There is something better waiting for us also – every time our plans, our desires, our hopes, our dreams are interfered with. When that happens to you, instead of giving into depression, just try asking yourself what God has in mind for you. No, don’t ask yourself, ask God’s angels around you. And look for Jesus. He’s there too!

Let us pray for each other, for our loved ones and community members, for our world. Be our inspiration, Mary Magdalene, as we seek to know Jesus more intimately, as we search for Jesus, and as we continue to be invited to love and accompany others in our suffering world, particularly in this pandemic crisis.

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