First reading Acts 2:36-41

You must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus

On the day of Pentecost, Peter spoke to the Jews: ‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’
  Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’ He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’ They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.
 
 

Responsorial Psalm 32(33):4-5,18-20,22

The Lord fills the earth with his love.
or
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
The word of the Lord is faithful
  and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
  and fills the earth with his love.
 
The Lord looks on those who revere him,
  on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
  to keep them alive in famine.
 
Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
  The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
  as we place all our hope in you.
 
 

Sequence

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
  offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
 
Death with life contended:
  combat strangely ended!
 
Life’s own Champion, slain,
  yet lives to reign.
 
Tell us, Mary:
  say what thou didst see
  upon the way.
 
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!
 
The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.
 
Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.
 
That Christ is truly risen
  from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!
 
 

Gospel John 20:11-18

‘I have seen the Lord and he has spoken to me’

Mary stayed outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, still weeping, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away’ she replied ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognise him. Jesus said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’ Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ – which means Master. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go and find the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ So Mary of Magdala went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.
 
 
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“Mary!”

When, in life, we, like Mary, face devastating moments of loss and grief, the gravity of the situation can overwhelm us and prevent us from recognising Jesus standing near us. Lovingly, Jesus reveals Himself anew to us by calling out our names personally, as He did to Mary in the gospel. Hearing His voice calling her, “Mary!”, Mary recognised at once that it was Jesus. The recognition that the Lord was alive changed how Mary faced her situation because it convinced her that all was not lost. Little by little, hope, strength and vitality were restored. With Jesus risen, the tomb of despair was turned into a place of consolation.
 
Today, let us hear Jesus calling us, opening our eyes to see that He is alive. In our tomb-like moments, His voice consoles and assures us that death is not the last word. “There is a word that transcends it that only God can speak: it is the word of the resurrection” (Pope Francis). As we rise with Jesus, may we go to others to bring them the word of Life.
 
Reflective question:
Do I recognise and realise that the risen Jesus calls me?
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year B” by Sr Maria Jose FMVD.