Mary Magdala’s Easter Prayer

by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov,1806 – 1858, via Wikimedia Commons


I never suspected
          and to be so painful
to leave me weeping
With Joy
          to have met you, alive and smiling, outside an empty
With regret
not because I’ve lost you
but because I’ve lost you in how I had you —
     in understandable, touchable, kissable, clingable
          not as fully Lord, but as graspably human.

I want to cling, despite your protest
     cling to your body
cling to your, and my, clingable humanity
cling to what we had, our past.

But I know that … if I cling
you cannot ascend and
I will be left clinging to your former self
… unable to receive your present spirit

Fr. Ronald RolheiserRoman Catholic priest and author


Jesus said to her,
“Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father;
   but go to my brothers and say to them,
‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

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