John 20:1-18: Christ is Risen!

Christos Anesti!  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia! Our Gospel reading for today follows the story of Mary Magdalene, Mary from the town of Magdala. The Apostle John only mentions that Mary as she approached the tomb of Christ. The other Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, clearly tell us that other women were […]

Mary Magdalene

The Christian Faith operates from a worldview that we honor the saints of old.  You can’t read through any significant part of the Bible without hearing the refrain, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  To know their God means you need to know those Old Testament saints and their stories. The great faith chapter […]

St. Mary Magdalene, July 22nd

Whenever the New Testament Gospels name the women who followed Jesus, St. Mary Magdalene is listed first (John 19:25 is the only exception), perhaps because she was the first to see the risen Savior alive.  Luke 8:2 reports that Jesus had cured her of being possessed by seven demons.  Through the centuries, she has often […]

Easter: John 20:11-16

It doesn’t matter how many times you face it, it never feels natural.  It never feels right.  Death always feels wrong. Something inside us doesn’t accept that we will never again hear that voice, see that face, touch that hand, or experience that laughter.  The grief counselors can talk until they are blue in the […]