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St. Mary Magdalene Feast July 22

Today’s Mass Readings

St. Mary Magdalene Feast July 22

John 20:1-2, 11-18

In his Resurrection, Jesus took the sting out of death. Let us reflect on our own conversion as we consider today the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.

A person cannot help but love St. Mary Magdalene.

“Death where is your sting,” writes St. Paul.

When Jesus took the sting out of death,
he didn’t appear to any of the Apostles
or even to his own Mother Mary.

The first witness to His Resurrection
was someone like you and me
who not only knew her sin but confessed it to Jesus
when she stood under his Cross.

I find it astounding that St. Mary Magdalene
is the first evangelist of the Resurrection.


His Resurrection so overcame Mary with joy
that she could not help but run to Peter
and the Apostles with her Good News.

She plays such an important role
in the history of our salvation.

Mary is a model to us that we cannot keep
the story of our conversion to ourselves.


A beautiful grace overcomes us
when we reflect on what Jesus has done for us.

We all have those moments of a conversion
when we turn from a sinful pattern to Jesus.

As we turn our attention from ourselves to our Lord,
his mercy and grace overwhelm us.


Our only concern is to please him and honor him
in our thoughts, choices and the things, we say and do.

Death is all around us, but it is not the end of life,
as Mary Magdalene proclaimed
what Jesus Resurrection did for her.

Perhaps we will reflect enough on our own conversion
so that we can proclaim to others with St. Paul,
“Death where is your sting.”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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