After briefly tasting the New Atheism offered by our friend Daniel Dennett in his comments on our YouTube video, I must say that I find it a very sour wind flavored with bitter gall! Why would anyone want to drink it, especially one who has tasted the sweetness of Christ? This thought reminds me of a poem one of our sisters wrote as a meditation on Psalm 131. Let us pray it for Daniel and all who are not able to pray because their senses are dead to the beauty of God’s love.
Reflecting on today's Gospel of Mary Magdalene meeting the Risen Christ, a sister wondered why Jesus did not allow Mary to hold Him. Perhaps it was that Jesus had already so penetrated into Mary’s heart to be with her in such a profound way that any physical embrace would not only be entirely superfluous, but even inhibiting. No need for the sign when one has the reality! Not to say that the physical touch is bad, just not needed here.