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‘Do Not Hold On to Me’………

How did Mary not recognise the man she had followed for so long? Was she so blinded by grief that she couldn’t think clearly? Were her eyes full of tears (her weeping has now been mentioned three times)? Or does the position of her body offer a simpler explanation? Mary has stooped inside the tomb and, at the sound of Jesus’s voice, peers out. Perhaps she is staring into the bright light of dawn, and Jesus’s body is silhouetted against the light, making him hard to recognise. Or is there a more theological explanation? The glorified body did not have the same appearance as his earthly body. We do not know why, but Mary thinks he is the gardener.

Source: Thinkingfaith

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Ukraine, Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, May 2018. Painting “Mary Magdalene recognizes the Risen Lord” at housechapel of Oblates of Immaculate Mary near Kiev.

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