Called By Name

Jesus said the her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni”…John 20:15-16
In this first resurrection appearance of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, utterly heartbroken, desperate to find his missing body, recognizes him by the sound of his voice calling her name, That special cadence, that tenderness, could only be Jesus. Alive!
   I believe he calls us by name too.  We have moments of recognition through something that reveals his deeply loving presence.  The sun shows suddenly through dense rain.  We find something that was lost long ago.  Traveling once, when I stopped at a parish for Mass, the eucharistic minister really looked in my eyes as she handed me the Body of Christ.  It was a look of love.
   Jesus, open our ears to all the ways you call our name in love.     Patricia Livingston   (Taken from the reflection on April 3, 2018 from Living Faith April-May-June 2018)
Many have heard their name called while at Christ in the Wilderness.  Maybe you will find that special moment of love, when your name is called.  Take time away at CITW this Spring or Summer.