Apr 23 (Jn 20:11-18)

A beautiful song that retells the story of receiving the “New Life” in Christ…

… is titled: “Let me start again!”

The wordings of the hymn go thus:

“Let me start again, Pick the pieces of my brokenness,

Fill the spaces in my emptiness, Let me start again!

Let me start with You Lord, Everything begins in You,

All my winnings and my loosings, all begin in You!”

This song beautifully captures the lives of many people who have discovered the “New Life” after an encounter with Christ.

The Gospel of the Day retells one such incident of “picking up the pieces of brokenness…

… and starting a new life again”

>> The Story of Mary Magdalene

We are still near the tomb of the Lord.

Mary Magdalene, the soul who loved the Lord so deeply, is still lingering around the tomb of the Lord.

>> She had experienced Divine Love in a great manner.

Her heart could not fully accept that the Lord who had transformed her life was no more

>> Her mind could take in the fact that the One whom she loved so deeply had gone away.

… and so she kept waiting.

True love always seeks…

>> True love always seeks to break boundaries, do away with hurdles and cast away any barriers

Finally, when she did encounter Him, her eyes were kept away from recognizing the Lord.

But the Lord did recognize her…

… not just her physical pains.. rather also her mental agony and her spiritual longing!

Our God is a God who…

… is specially close to His people in their moments of pain and suffering

… is particularly near to His people in their times of affliction and tribulations.

And so He asks her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (Jn 20:13)

>> Mary had been incessantly weeping over the loss of her Beloved

>> Mary had been continuously shedding tears for the Lover of her soul.

However… these tears were not in vain….

… these tears were not lost in futility..

Rather, the Lord was storing them up carefully in a vial… in a bottle… in a wineskin

“O Lord.. You have stored my tears in a bottle” (Ps 56:8)

>> And these tears of affection, love and fondness was rewarded by the Lord, by calling her by name, “Mary!” (Jn 20:16)

The sweetness of that voice, calling out her name, wiped away every tear!

>> Her tears were turned to smiles… her mourning to comfort… her brokenness to immense joy!

Today, we are reminded the same…

>> We may have many broken pieces in our life…

It could be due to many reasons…

… maybe some personal crisis in life…

… maybe some brokenness in the family…

… maybe some tragedy or calamity to our closed ones…

Yet, the One who loves us the most – the Lord – is close to us…

… giving us the strength…

… offering to us the healing…

… to “pick up the broken pieces of our life” and to “start again!”

Just like Mary Magdalene, who continued to be faithful and longing for the Lord, let us also be steadfast to our God, despite our tears and pains and sadness.

>> This faithfulness to Him will surely win the reward for us…

… the reward of our names being called out by the Lord!

And thus, let us always trust and hope in the Love of the Lord…

>> As the words of that beautiful song “Let me start again” says:

“Come let me rise to greet the morning,

Let me catch the dew a-falling

Let the tidings of a new day keep my courage strong.

Let the darkness of my night cease…

… yes, the passion and anxieties.

With You there to hold me Jesus,

I’ll sing a bold new song!”

Happy Easter to all of you!

God bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “The quality of our life depends…

… on the quality of our love!”

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