Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
It still amazes me that the first reading from Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians reminds me of how I lived for myself so selfishly before Jesus came into my life. I am impressed at the gentle way Jesus loves us. He loves us where we are but doesn’t leave us there, always drawing us nearer to him, just as he did with Mary Magdalene at the tomb.
Saint Paul tells us whoever is in Christ is a new creation, that the old things have passed away, and that new things have come. I can tell you from my own experience this is true. After 39 years, in early 1991, God allowed me to surrender to him through circumstances beyond my control. And as the Responsorial Psalm states, my soul began thirsting for my Lord, my God.
As God had intended for me, I became a new creation serving my wife and children as never before. I went to Bible classes for years to study God’s Word and got involved at church as a youth minister and Bible study discussion leader for men. This wasn’t my doing, but God’s, doing good work in me.
Father Eymard said it so well “Come as you are and offer that self of yours to God.”
Let Us Pray:
Dear heavenly Father: We adore you and praise you. We give ourselves to you for your glory and the good of ourselves and others. In your precious name Jesus. Amen.