16 AprEaster Tuesday John 20:11-18
The gospel today narrates the apparition of the risen Jesus to Mary Magdalene. She may have been the woman who, for having been forgiven much, also learned to love God very much. That is why we can understand her answer to the angels who were asking her why she wept. “They have taken my Lord away and I do not know where they have put him.” Whenever we sin, we take the Lord away from our heart. When we realize our wrong and turn our heart back to God, we are filled with a certain sadness that is called contrition or sorrow. If we realize the depth of our loss, such contrition may even lead to tears. But the important thing is not our emotional reaction but the deep conviction in our heart that we would like to turn back to God by rejecting our wrongdoing.