Today on this feast of Mary Magdalene, I wish you a loving day. Quoting Cynthia Bourgeault “All four Gospels insist that when all the other disciples are fleeing, Mary Magdalene stands firm. She does not run; she does not betray or lie about her commitment; she witnesses. Hers is clearly a demonstration of either the deepest human love or the highest spiritual understanding of what Jesus was teaching, perhaps both.” So, when I came across these other three quotes, I thought they might be worth reflecting on. Often God puts before us that which we need to learn and know.
The first comes from a book called Do Something Beautiful for God: The Essential Teachings of Mother Teresa. “Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Be a living expression of God’s kindness.” (pg. 71) When people leave our presence have, they been filled with that love that Jesus instructed us to have? Have they witnessed the Gospel values by speaking with us and do they see the love of Jesus shining through our eyes? Tough questions.
The next quote comes from an email I receive called ALL DEVOTION: “A new house, a valuable stock portfolio and precious gems may seem like good investments. But will they be there to comfort you in difficult times? Share your joy in good times? Or sit by you as you breathe your last breath? Invest some time and energy in loving others and watch your investment grow.” The Scripture says it as well “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Mt.6:21) What are the things you treasure?
The last quote is from a book by Matthew Kelly called I heard God Laugh. “Soul, come to the silence and learn what it is that you need to thrive. Embrace what it is that makes you dance for joy. And share with everyone you meet the love that Love Himself has filled you with.” (pg.63) Do I spend enough quiet time to know what my dance for Joy is? Can I quiet myself during all the social media, protests, politics, entitlement and anger that is filling our world? There is a lot going on out there, can I stand firm like Mary Magdalene? Am I willing to remain faithful to my commitment of being a witness of the Good News?
Lots to think about. May the thoughts fill your week with challenges along with some peace, love and joy!
Till next week,