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Jesus Risen – 27th July

John 20:1-2.11-18

Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it. Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him.

But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole, She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him. And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away. Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master). Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Risen

The joy is slowly taking hold of the characters of this gospel to discover that Jesus had risen. They had not understood what Jesus said about his own resurrection. Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, each in its own way, inicam the process of faith. Jesus appears to them and goes away then to get used to the idea that he lives, but in a different way than when he was with them day and night. Risen Jesus is present in his Church, in each of us and in our midst. The perception of this truth is so extraordinary, however, not immediate. We walk in faith slowly, in stages. We arrived to doubt that it exists, when difficulties accumulate in our lives. But He did not give up on us and accompanies us at all times.

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