“She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni,’ which means Teacher.”

Today we move back to John (20:11-18), picking up where we left off on Easter, to continue to read his rendition of events following the Resurrection.  This scene finds Mary Magdalene back at the tomb weeping.  She then encounters two angels inside the tomb and, turning around, sees Jesus but does not recognize Him until He calls her name.  He then orders her to go to the disciples with a message, which she does.  Mary’s first words to Jesus, after she recognizes Him, are at top.  Interesting, isn’t it?  It is as if she, by immediately addressing Him as teacher, is essentially asking Him to explain to her how it is that He is alive and what it means.  Jesus certainly answers this explicitly and at length in His time on the road to Emmaus with two of the disciples (Lk 24:13-35) who in turn told the Eleven. Undoubtedly Mary and many others had this episode relayed to them in the following days.  And of course the promise of the Spirit enlightened them all at Pentecost.  Do we appreciate Jesus’ role as teacher, reading Scripture assiduously and carefully to understand what He has to tell us and then try to live it?  Do we pay attention to the teaching authority of the Church that Jesus left us and which He promised to be with forever?  Do we take advantage of the reflection and scholarship on divine revelation by the saints and other faithful writers that has been produced over these last two thousand years?  In all this, do we ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and guide us?  Our eternal Rabbouni continues to instruct and longs for engaged students to enlighten and guide.  Let’s take advantage of this opportunity every chance we get.

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