DAILY CHEWING STICK: 22ND JULY-ST. MARY MAGDALENE.
(Song of Sol: 3:1-4, Jn 20: 1-2,11-18).
It was St. ALPHONSUS Liguori who said: “When you commit any SIN, repent of it at once & resolve to amend. If it is a GRIEVOUS SIN, confess it as soon as possible.”
MARY MAGDALENE whose feast we celebrate today, was known as THE SINNER! It was she who was freed of SEVEN DEVILS by our Lord.
Brethren, do you know there are some things we know about ourselves and other people know about us too? Do u know there are things we know about ourselves and other people don’t know about us? Again, do you know there are things we don’t know about ourselves and other people know about us? And again, do you know there are things we don’t know about ourselves and other people don’t know about us too?
In all of these FOUR REALITIES, the first was true of Mary Magdalene, SHE KNEW SHE WAS A BIG SINNER AND PEOPLE KNEW HER TO BE SO TOO (confirmed).
ARE YOU A SINNER?
IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR BAD HABIT ABOUT YOU THAT YOU KNOW AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Mary Magdalene was filled with DEEP SORROW BECAUSE OF HER SINFUL LIFE!
How do you feel about that thing about you that is NEGATIVE?
Do you also feel remorse or proud of it?
Beloved in Christ, Mary Magdalene began to SEEK THE FACE OF JESUS FOR MERCY AND PARDON! She fell at His feet, washed His legs with her TEARS, wiped them with her BEAUTIFUL, LONG, COLOURED BRAZILIAN + EXPRESSION HAIR(smiles), and poured RICH PERFUME upon them.
What sacrifice do we make to seek the face of Jesus? Ordinary going to Church on Saturday evening for confession, IS IT NOT A BIG PROBLEM FOR MANY? HOW MANY CAN STAND NIGHT VIGIL OF PRAYERS FOR ATONEMENT?
Child of God, Jesus looked at her with mercy & FORGAVE HER MANY COMPOUND SINS! No one seeks the face of JESUS sincerely without finding Him! In appreciation for this kind gestures, MARY DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS EVERYWHERE & HELPED HIM IN HIS NEEDS. She was in turn rewarded for her steadfastness because SHE WAS THE FIRST TO SEE THE RISEN JESUS. IT WAS SHE WHO BROUGHT THE NEWS TO THE OTHER DISCIPLES. THE SINNER BECAME “APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES” IN THE EARLY CHURCH.
May God give us the grace to repent of our sins and make efforts to follow Him all the days of our lives. Amen.
Good morning and remain blessed.
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.
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