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April 6, 2021
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
A Deeper Question
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”
John 20:15

Just a few days after Jesus has died and been buried, he encounters his dear friend, Mary Magdalene, her broken heart evidenced by her tears. He notices Mary’s profound grief and seems to ask a rather obvious question, echoing the inquiry of the angels at his tomb. “Why are you weeping?” Well, of course she’s weeping, we might say, she’s mourning his death, which she herself witnessed.

But Jesus follows up with a question that invites many layers of response. “Whom are you looking for?” touches on the ache of our human condition— an ache laid bare by death and loss—but also by longing. “Whom are you looking for?” is another way of asking, “What is your deepest desire? What yearning brought you to this place?”

Today Jesus also turns to us and asks us that same question: Whom are we looking for?

- Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

Acts 2:36-41 • Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 John 20:11-18


April 6, 2021 at 05:38 PM

"Who", indeed, Sr. Chris. A beautiful devotion. Who or what do we want out of this relationship? Are we seeking a quick fix to a problem or praying for something out of reach? We should be in this for the long run. Last week we were suffering. This week we are rejoicing! But what about next week and the weeks to follow? Do we go back to our comfort zone, our safe place? The time to start is now! We need to show more compassion, more giving of ourselves. Maybe a little patience with people. Listen more. Help someone in need. And above all, pray a little more. It does help. As always, prayers for those in need in our Living Faith family.

April 6, 2021 at 03:35 PM

Sr. Chris, thank you for your devotion. * "MY RABBOUNI ", meaning "My Teacher"; “My Master, Who is close to my heart.” We followers and believers of Jesus have an emptiness deep within our hearts. That emptiness is our longing, our deepest desire to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus, our beloved friend, lover of our souls is the only one that can comfort and satisfy that emptiness. No other Human can do that. * "Whom are we looking for?" God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.

April 6, 2021 at 12:56 PM

Nothing can fill the God sized hole in our hearts except God! So...if you have a yearning, God is the only One Who can fill it because everything else will leave you disappointed and empty! ***Mary came to the tomb at dawn before light and found the tomb empty. She went back and told Peter and John. Now she came back to the tomb the second time grieving the loss of Jesus. (John 20:1-2, 11) And Jesus PERSONALLY called her by her name (John 20:16a) to comfort her and move her forward in action (John 20:17-18). ***Is Jesus calling you by your name? Can you hear Him comforting you and moving you forward in action? Jesus is not here in the grave, He is risen! So I rise up and follow His instructions to tell brothers and sisters! ***What do I say? I know...what He told me in Acts 2:37-39, "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other Apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.” ***Amen!!!

April 7, 2021 at 09:23 AM

Salina, thank you for your message today! Perfect, well said. Amen.

April 6, 2021 at 08:31 AM


April 6, 2021 at 08:19 AM


April 6, 2021 at 07:25 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts - by the power of God - cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeding the ruin of souls. Amen

April 6, 2021 at 08:31 AM


Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
April 6, 2021 at 06:49 AM

Thanks Sr. Chris for today's devotion. New relationship with the Lord. If we are willing to let go of our prejudices and narrow and fixed mindsets, we can have a new relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord should ultimately lead us to a Trinitarian relationship with God. Having returned to the Father, Jesus is now able to lead us to a greater unity with the Father in the Holy Spirit. He made it possible for us to be united with him as well because he sent us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the father and himself. In other words, because of our relationship with Jesus, we now know who the Father is, and His Father becomes ours and His God is ours as well. It is our union with the Father through the son in the Spirit that we will find our greatest happiness. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a blessed day everyone.

April 6, 2021 at 09:12 AM

Oh my Sham Peter! Your words made sense to me immediately! The light became vivid bright! Thank you! God Bless us, and all who we love.


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