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DON’T MOVE! Wait For Me

“Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Getting there is half the battle, battling against the evil inside is another and keeping the faith is a new battle. Until our Lord takes you home.

This morning I woke up early and heard His voice, calling me. That “Big” voice pushing me to get out of bed and rush to the first Mass this morning rather then my usual 8 AM Mass. And I did. Remembering today is the feast day of St. Mary Magdelene “The Penitent”. How funny I thought, here I was rushing to attend the first Mass, to be the first to see our Lord, resurrected in the Eucharist, this morning on her feast day. As I started my truck, the radio began to play “Baby hold on to me” by Eddie Money. I pondered the words of our Lord in the garden that He said to St. Mary Magdelene: “Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”. John 20:17

On this day, today in my faith, and forever, I will hold on to Him. He is all I need. He has ascended to the Father and the time has come for me, to never let Him go. In such a beautiful way, through the memories the Holy Spirit has helped me to remember so I can confess and repent and believe, and LOVE and serve Him, in so many ways, I know I have crossed the finish line and my order from my Lord is to stay put! Do not move from this spot in the faith. To wait for Him to come and take me home. Meaning, do not change a thing! Continue all that I am doing in going to Mass, confession, praying unceasingly, and standing FIRM in the faith. Centered with Him on the cross. So one day I to can profess “I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

VICTORY! In Christ.

“Remain in Him”.

John 4 42-45

42 They said to the woman, β€œIt is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.”

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St. Mary Magdelene “The Penitent”


Saint Mary Magdalene at the foot of the Cross, mourning for the dead Christ

Prayers to St. Mary Magdalene
Praise be to Thee, O Christ, Creator, Redeemer, and Saviour,

Of heaven and earth and seas, of angels and of men

Whom we confess to be both God and Man,

Who didst come in order to save sinners,

Thyself without sin, taking the appearance of sin.

Among this poor flock, Thou didst visit the Chanaanite woman and
Mary Magdalen.

From the same table Thou didst nourish the one with the crumbs of
the Divine Word, the other with Thy inebriating cup.

While Thou art seated at the typical feast in the house of Simon
the Leper

The Pharisee murmurs, while the woman weeps, conscious of her
guilt.

The sinner despises his fellow-sinner, Thou, sinless one hearest
the prayer of the penitent, cleanses” her from stains, lovest her
so as to make her beautiful.

She embraces the feet of her Lord, washes them with her tears,
dries them with her hair: washing and wiping them, she anoints
them with sweet ointment, and covers them with kisses.

Such, O Wisdom of the Father, is the banquet that delights Thee!
Though born of a Virgin, Thou cost not disdain to be touched by a
sinful woman.

The Pharisee invited Thee but it is Mary that gives Thee a feast.
Thou forgivest much to her that loves much, and that falls not
again into sin.

From seven devils cost Thou free her by Thy sevenfold Spirit.
To her, when Thou risest from the dead, Thou showest Thyself first
of all.

By her, O Christ. Thou cost designate the Gentile Church, the
stranger whom Thou callest to the children’s table;

Who, at the feast of the Law and at the feast of grace, is
despised by the pride of Pharisees, and harassed by leprous
heresy.

Thou knowest what manner of woman she is, it is because she is a
sinner that she touches Thee, and because she longs for pardon.
What could she have, poor sick one, without receiving it, and
without the physician assisting her?

O King of kings, rich unto all, save us, wash away all the stains
of our sins, O Thou the hope and glory of the saints.

RESPONSORY

Congratulate me, all ye that love the Lord; for He whom I sought
appeared to me: *and while I wept at the tomb I saw my Lord,
alleluia.

v. When the disciples withdrew, I did not withdraw, and being
kindled with the fire of His love, I burned with desire.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be helped by the intercession
of blessed Mary Magdalen, entreated by whose prayers Thou didst
raise up again to life her brother Lazarus, who had been dead four
days. Thou Who livest and reignest forever. Amen

Feastday: July 22

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