Clinging to Concepts and Resurrection: Jesus and Mary Magdala in the Garden

When Jesus appears to Mary Magdala in the garden he asks her not to touch him –

I never suspected
Resurrection
to be so painful
to leave me weeping
With joy
to have met you, alive and smiling, outside an empty tomb
With regret
not because I’ve lost you
but because I’ve lost you in how I had you —
in understandable, touchable, kissable, clingable
flesh
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 Rolheiser, Mary Magdala’s Easter Prayer in Forgotten Among the Lillies, p176.
Artwork: St John’s Bible
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