April 6. Tuesday of Easter week.  Magdalen shared, “I’m fascinated by the Resurrection story where Mary Magdalene is weeping, and, looking up, sees someone she assumes is the gardener but doesn’t recognize it is Jesus at first. We know God is everywhere, but would you or I recognize him in an ordinary person doing his job?  A gardener can be quite symbolic for us right now, with a focus on ecological conversion we can recognize God present in this aspect of creation; God as gardener, planting and tending his creation, resuscitating dying plants maybe. 

Supposing him to be the gardener Mary Magdalene said to him, “Sir if you have carried him away tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away.  Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned to him “Rabboni.” Jesus said, “Do not hold me,  for I have not yet ascended to the Father, my Father and your Father, my God and your God.”  John 20:11-18.  Pope Francis : Jesus took up the biblical faith in God, the Creator, emphasizing a fundamental truth: God is Father. In talking with his disciples Jesus would invite them to recognize the paternal relationship God has with all his creatures.   LS 96   Reflect, share, pray.  Let your mind wander a little.  Can you think of times when you were conscious of God’s presence around you?  Can you cultivate such an awareness more?