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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22; Jn 20:11-18
Diary: 379, 1521, 1688

"I have seen the Lord." — Jn 20:18

After the other disciples had returned home, Mary Magdalene remains outside the tomb. She is weeping because Jesus' body isn't in the tomb. Yet this first witness to the Resurrection, one who had spent a good deal of time with Christ, doesn't recognize Him at first. Instead, she recognizes His voice when He says her name.

At Jesus' direction, she becomes the messenger to the disciples. "Go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

Mary Magdalene's fervor and constancy are rewarded when she becomes the first to see the Risen Lord. She also shows us what to do when we encounter Jesus, which is, share the Good News!

As described in today's first reading, Peter said to the Jewish people, "Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." The result of his witness? About 3,000 persons were added to their number that day (see Acts 2:41).

Prayer: My dear Savior, may my words and actions lead more souls to You.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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