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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 22, 2021

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THURSDAY, July 22                  Mary Magdalene

John 20:16a Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

Mary Magdalene is one of Jesus’ most faithful disciples. Even when the Twelve get it completely wrong, Mary can be found with Jesus, sitting at his feet. Mary is one of the women who provides for Jesus out of her resources. When the disciples abandon Jesus at the cross, Mary is with him.

And now, on this first day after sabbath, she’s first to arrive at the tomb. Everyone keeps asking her why she’s weeping. Isn’t it obvious? “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”

She mistakes Jesus—the man who saved her from seven demons, who taught her, who loved her—for the gardener. But when he says her name, “Mary!”, she immediately recognizes him. She realizes the impossible has happened: Jesus is with her.

The impossible still happens every day. Jesus calls us by name to remind us that he is with us, even when everyone else has left, when everything is falling apart. The King of the Universe, of things great and small, knows who you are—and knows what you are going through.

MOVING FORWARD: Close your eyes, be quiet, and imagine Jesus calling to you. What does that sound like?

PRAY for the Diocese of Dunedin (New Zealand)

Ps 42:1-7 | Judith 9:1, 11-14 | 2 Corinthians 5:14-18 | John 20:11-18

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