Snacking on the Word: John 20:15b

Maria_Magdalene_iconMary Magdalene’s quote struck me in today’s gospel reading:

Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’

Peter gets a bad rap for being so impulsive. But consider that Mary’s behavior here is not much different. Sure, she has friends. But the Gospe reading suggests that except for the angels, she’s alone. And is she really going to move the body of Jesus from wherever the gardener put him? Just her alone?

Maybe that’s what Jesus does to us. We want to chase after him on the waves. We want to take him away on our own terms. We cling. We deny his Passion. We want him close. We don’t want him to go away. And he knows. And still, he calls us to discipleship, knowing.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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