The Collect: ALMIGHTY God, whose beloved Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body and called her to be a witness to his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed in body and soul, and always serve you in the power of his risen life; who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Psalm 30:1-5; 2 Corinthians 4:14-18; John 20:11-18
Reflection: Saint Mary Magdalene was a woman who had been afflicted by seven demons until Jesus cast them out. After this healing she followed Jesus and came to be the first witness to his resurrection, as described in today’s Gospel. The image of healing echoes in the Old Testament, for God “removed disaster” from her. The resurrection of Christ also is a source of hope both anticipated in the Psalm and taught in the Epistle. Thus the Collect takes both themes, of healing and resurrection hope, and asks God that we may enjoy them too.