April 11.   Tuesday of Easter week.  Young Magdalene liked the story how on Easter morning, while her name sake was weeping over the fact that Jesus’ body had disappeared, she saw a strange man in the garden.   She shared, “Once when I was quite little Mom told me that Jesus was everywhere and I must  look around to see him.  I didn’t know what he looked like.  It seems that Mary Magdalene also didn’t recognise him.  That made me wonder, how different does he look to different people at different times.  Would he be very attractive or at some other times disfigured from the beating he had received?” 

Scripture:   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 and said to him, “Rabboni, Teacher.” John 20:11-18. Pope Francis. Christ’s flesh becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished and the exiled, to be acknowledged, touched and cared for by us.  FM 5.   In the depths of every heart, love creates bonds and expands existence, for it draws people out of themselves and towards others.  Since we were made for love, in each one of us a law of ekstasis seems to operate, the lover goes outside the self to find a fuller existence in another. FT 88  Reflect, share, pray, act.  What is your favourite image of Jesus? (I was very intrigued by the attached image the backdrop at the Vatican’s Easter vigil mass)