On Easter morning, Mary Magdalene was in the depth of sadness.
The Lord Jesus had become the center of her life, and now... He was dead.
Mary could not know how mistaken she was in going to His tomb to look for the Master among the dead.
The great truth of His Resurrection had not as yet become part of her faith to dispel her sadness.
And so, with her vision still darkened by gloom, she failed to recognize her Master, Jesus, standing before her in His Risen, Glorified Body.
She needed to hear only a word from Him, and her mind was flooded with the light of faith. Then she realized that she was in the presence of the Risen Lord.
What happened to Mary Magdalene happens to each of us -- or it should be happening.
The meaning of life for all Baptized persons is to search for and to find the Risen Lord Jesus, because He is the source of all of our life and happiness.
At times, we make the mistake of looking for happiness among sinful pleasures -- which can only bring us death in all its forms.
Or perhaps we make the mistake of thinking that life can come from temporary values, such as financial success or social status.
Jesus, the Risen Lord, alone is the source of lasting life and eternal happiness.
That is why faithful Catholics must continually seek Him and find Him.
In a special way, you and I find our Risen Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
We hear His words, "This is My Body ... This is My Blood" in every Mass we participate in.
Those words are intended to flood our minds with the light of faith, so that we can believe that -- by means of the Holy Eucharist -- we are in the presence of the Risen Lord.
The Holy Eucharist is the very heart of our faith.
Our Risen Lord Jesus in the Eucharist does much more than merely stand before us.
And He doesn't say, "Noli me tangere!" -- "Don't touch me!" as He instructed Mary Magdalene.
Rather, He invites us to take Him into our being, so that He can give us the gift of everlasting life and eternal happiness.