“Saint Mary Magdalene approaching the Sepulchre” by Gian Girolamo Savoldo
Friday, April 12, 2013
Mary Magdalene, figure of the New Eve, weeps at the place of sin’s evidence. Robbery continues to be the only alternative, even in the face of two angels whom one would think would stir her to wonder. Place yourself in the scene so you can feel Mary’s desperation and then the release of joy when recognition comes.
The power of the resurrection is in the power of love. John describes this incident in language that recalls the lover seeking the beloved in The Song of Songs, 3:2. The New Adam, the Bridegroom, is here to join in wondrous love with his Bride, the Church—the New Eve.
Remember the questions of Jesus to the first disciples (1:38): “What are you looking for?”…to his arresters (18:4) and here to Mary: “Whom are you looking for?” Let the power of the resurrection stir you to seek for Jesus, lover of your soul.
“Woman, why are you weeping?” v. 13
“Who is it you are seeking?” v. 15
You speaking my name with love v. 15
“Ascending to My father” v. 17
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