Holding On and Letting Go

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

John 20:11-18

It’s seems a little insensitive if not cruel for Jesus to tell Mary Magdalene “Stop holding on to me.”  After all, only moments before their encounter she had been weeping over his death and the disappearance of his body from the tomb.  Unlike almost all of the Twelve, she had followed him to Calvary and stood at the foot of cross as he was executed.  She was the one who had gone to the tomb while it was still dark and had seen the stone covering the entrance rolled away.  She was the one who had brought the news to his disciples.

It makes all the sense in the world to want to hold on to something or someone that you think you’ve lost, especially the Son of God.   Yet Jesus admonished Mary not to be so clingy.  He still had to make his final journey to the Father.  She had to go forth and be a herald of the resurrection.  There’s a lesson in that for me:  sometimes I need to let go of the Jesus I (think I) know in order to proclaim the Jesus who is—the Jesus the world needs to hear.—JC