Kommen und Gehen – Annemarie Baumgarten
John and Peter go to the empty tomb and find the linen cloths on the ground, the shroud on one side.
Mary Magdalene remains there weeping and sees two angels,
one where Jesus’ head had been and one where his feet had been.
She talks to them and then, turning, she sees Jesus.
The apostles didn’t see him, and among them was the one Jesus loved in a special way on account of his innocence as well as for other reasons.
Mary, the sinner, saw the angels and Jesus.
«Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.» (Mt. 5:8)
Who saw most on this occasion?
The tears which flowed continually from her eyes,
and her vigil outside the tomb,
were the signs of a love which believes everything and wants everything.
Then later her conversation with the angels
and with the person she thought was the gardener,
almost as though Jesus were a person in whom she alone was interested.
These two things had purified her heart perhaps more than the hearts of the others,
to such a degree that she merited seeing heavenly beings and the risen Jesus.
This is the meaning of the Resurrection.
Redemption is completed. Death is conquered.
Sin is overthrown by mercy poured out in superabundance from the tree of the Cross.
(From: Chiara Lubich, Knowing How to Lose, New City, London, 1981, pp. 84-85)