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Monday, July 22, 2002

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St. Mary Magdalene

Song of Songs 3:1-4 or
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Psalm 63
John 20:1-2, 11-18

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a new outlook on people

"The love of Christ impels us who have reached the conviction that since one died for all, all died." —2 Corinthians 5:14


  • God became man to die for every human being (2 Cor 5:14-15),
  • every person is called to be baptized into His death (see 2 Cor 5:14; Rm 6:3),
  • every person can receive a new nature (see 2 Cor 5:17) and live no longer for themselves but for Jesus (2 Cor 5:15), and
  • Jesus was raised from the dead for our sakes (2 Cor 5:15),

"we no longer look on anyone in terms of mere human judgment" (2 Cor 5:16).

Previously, we had respected all human beings because all are created in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:26-27). Now we reverence all human persons (see 1 Pt 2:17) in a much greater way because God has become a human being to save us by dying for us on the cross and by rising from the dead. God has even decided to offer us a share in His divine nature through Christ (2 Pt 1:4). Amazingly, He has made it possible for us to live in Him and He in us through Baptism (Rm 6:3) and the Eucharist (Jn 6:56). God obviously loves human beings eternally, perfectly, infinitely, and unconditionally. Let us love every human being accordingly.

Prayer:  Father, may I love people so much that I will be a witness for the risen Christ, as Mary Magdalene was.

Promise:  "I found Him Whom my heart loves." —Sg 3:4

Praise:  St. Mary Magdalene accepted God's grace to stand before her dying Lord and joyfully received His abundance on Easter morn.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on Love on audio AV 58-1 or video V-58.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 4, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 2001