Today’s feast day reflection on St Mary Magdalene is from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:
The Risen One
Until his final hour he had never
refused her anything or turned away,
lest she should turn their love to public praise.
Now she sank down beside the cross, disguised,
heavy with the largest stones of love
like jewels in the cover of her pain.
But later, when she came back to his grave
with tearful face, intending to anoint,
she found him resurrected for her sake,
saying with greater blessedness, “Do not –”
She understood it in her hollow first:
how with finality he now forbade
her, strengthened by his death, the oils’ relief
or any intimation of a touch:
because he wished to make of her the lover
who needs no more to lean on her beloved,
as, swept away by joy in such enormous
storms, she mounts even beyond his voice.
When has the need to let go in your grief led to “joy in such enormous storms”?
Have you experienced this? Are you being called to do just this? What might the joys on the ‘other side’ look like?