A life-changing, personal encounter with the risen Jesus is absolutely critical.

Mary’s journey to the tomb resulted in the beginning of a new life for her. It was because of her faithfulness that Jesus called her by name and commissioned her to proclaim the good news of His resurrection….Mary’s heart was overjoyed to find Jesus.
Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene in the tomb where He was buried. What a shock it must have been for her. One minute she is weeping for the loss of Jesus and then He appears before her. She goes, as Jesus asks her, and tells the disciples that she has seen the Lord. Mary did not at first recognize the Lord because her focus was on the empty tomb and on her own grief. It took only one word from the Master, when He called her by name, for Mary to recognize Him. Mary’s message to the disciples, I have seen the Lord, is the very essence of Christianity. It is not enough that a Christian know about the Lord, but that we know Him personally. It is not enough to argue about Him, but to meet Him. In the resurrection we encounter the living Lord who loves us personally and shares His glory with us. The Lord gives us “eyes of faith” to see the truth of His resurrection and victory over sin and death.

Have there been times in our lives where we are weeping, like Mary, for the loss of someone so treasured by us that our hearts are breaking. Our tears and sadness tell us many things about our state in those times. We are in great need of comfort, understanding and love. We ask Jesus to be there with us just as Mary was at his tomb. We ask him to listen to our sorrow, wipe away our tears, help us carry the burden of our worries, and wrap us with his love.
A life-changing, personal encounter with the risen Jesus is absolutely critical. The risen Jesus is not bound by the laws of the natural world. He walks through locked doors, vanishes from human sight, and rises into the clouds. You might encounter the risen Jesus in the Eucharist, while reading the Bible, at a retreat, during prayer, in a traffic jam, while cooking, in the dark, or while traumatized by tragedy. Be constantly ready to encounter the risen Jesus every day. Let Him transform your life.


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