Noli me tangere, by Fra Angelico (Blessed John of Fiesole, O.P.) 1430. Basilica di San Marco, Florence, Italy.
Today's Gospel reading (John 20:11-18 / Tuesday of the Octave of Easter) tells us how Mary Magdalene discovered the resurrection of Jesus. She did not immediately recognize the Lord but, when her eyes were opened, she exclaimed, "Rabbouni!" which means "Teacher!" In her overflowing love and joy she rushed to touch the Risen Lord but, He said to her, "Noli me Tangere," or "touch me not," because He had not yet gone to the Father.
Jesus then commanded her to go to His disciples and PROCLAIM the Good News of His resurrection. In being the first person commanded by Christ to preach the great news of the Lord's victory over death, Mary Magdalene became the first preacher.
The Dominican family shares the same mission. In the darkness of the world, we are called to proclaim the light of the Risen Christ in every way we can, most especially in our way of life. Through the sorrowful passion, morbid death, and glorious resurrection of Jesus, He has ransomed us from bondage from our sins. Why is that important? Because one who is a slave to sin and evil is a slave to Satan Himself, author of sin and father of evil.
The satisfaction of what justice required opened once more the gates of heaven for us. By the shedding of His blood, we have forgiveness of sins.
Come, brothers and sisters, and proclaim the good news every day! The Lord is Risen and He is king even over death! Alleluia!
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás
España Boulevard, Manila 1015 Philippines