Tuesday, April 06, 2010

noli me tangere...

... meaning "don't touch me", is the Latin version of words spoken, according to John 20:17, by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognizes him after his resurrection.


Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524.

7 comments:

Mimi said...

Christ is Risen!

nazareth priest said...

I love this account in the Gospels...today's reading, in fact.
Thanks for the visual meditation.
So many misunderstand this word of our Lord to St. Mary Magdalene...
He's indicating that He is now made present in the Sacraments, esp. in the Holy Mass/Holy Eucharist, the Word made present in His Church, the "universal" manifestation of His Presence, not confined to one place, one locale...He wasn't chastising her, He was teaching her (us) that He is present now, in every tabernacle, in the Word proclaimed with fidelity, in our Holy Father, in the Magisterial teachings...what a wonderful grace!

The Crescat said...

NP, you know I've heard that before but I still dont see it. Can you elaborate further?

Agnes B Bullock said...

You will be hearing this a lot from the Swiss Guards if you are not careful!!!!

nazareth priest said...

Agnes: LOL! And we probably don't know the half of it:<)!
Kat: Jesus was making known that He would not be present in His physical manifestation in His Sacred Human Body(prior to the Resurrection) but that He would be present in His Church, sacramentally.
It is more explicit in the Ascension; formerly, the Paschal candle was removed immediately after the Gospel at Ascension in the Ext. Forma, indicating that His Presence would be in the Most Holy Eucharist, in the Sacred Liturgy, in His Word proclaimed and taught.
That's my understanding, anyway.
The "confined" Presence of Jesus in His Sacred Humanity would be made "universal" by His glorification; there would be not one Temple, but many, that would contain His Sacred Humanity/Divinity.

nazareth priest said...

And one more thought: Jesus promised the Holy Spirit who would live within our hearts; to teach us His Word. When He ascended into Heaven, He and at Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit would be the "soul" of His Church, enabling Her to teach all nations, to live within the hearts of all believers.

Badger Catholic said...

Thanks NP!