The Call of the Lord

A Message from Fr. John Gibson

Christus resurrexit, sicut dixit, Alleluia! Christ has risen as He said He would, Alleluia!

A very happy and blessed Easter to you all!

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture happens to be one of the accounts of the resurrection—when Mary Magdalene runs to the tomb to find Jesus, but only finds a man who she thinks to be the gardener. She does not recognize the Lord at first, so she begs the “gardener” to tell her where he has placed the Lord. It is at this point that Jesus says to her, “Mary!” He calls her by name and she immediately recognizes the Lord.

This passage has always caused me to wonder what it was about Jesus’ address to her that immediately caused her eyes to be opened. Was it the familiar sound of his voice, or perhaps the way He looked at her? I don’t get very far in asking that question before I stop to hear the voice of the Lord call to my own heart. And in the depths of that heart I encounter a love that is greater than anything that this world can offer.

Deep within the heart of each one of us is the call of the one who created us, who knit us in the womb, who calls us by name. “Lord you have probed me and you know me” (Psalm 139:1).

May you encounter the call of the Lord in a most profound way this Easter season, as His promise to win us back is fulfilled!

Christ is risen, He is truly risen! Alleluia!


Fr. John Gibson is the Associate Pastor at St. Dominic Catholic Parish



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