The first reading today for Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time is from Exodus 16. The children of Israel were out in the desert. There’s not much food in the desert. So God provided bread from heaven for them.
Today’s Gospel reading is for the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. In John 20, we see Mary weeping outside the tomb where Jesus had been laid. He appears to her, but she doesn’t recognize Him. Then He calls her name, “Mary!” She instantly recognizes Him. Jesus tells her to go and tell the disciples that He is alive.
We all have something in common with Mary Magdalene – we’re sinners. Mary loved Jesus deeply, and dedicated her life to serving Him. I can only hope to imitate her in some small way.
Father, may we grow in love for Jesus, and in our desire to serve Him as Mary did. Amen.