Today's gospel is one of the most poignant scenes in all the New Testament, Mary of Magdala's first encounter with Jesus on Easter morn. She finds the empty tomb, with two angels in white sitting there. To their question, "why are you weeping?" Mary replies, "they have taken my Lord away and I don't know where they have put him." Then she meets the Lord and he calls her "Mary" in some way that she recognised although she did not recognise him with her sight. This beautiful scene reflects the close friendship between Mary of Magdala and the Lord. She who was forgiven much has loved much. Do we really undestand how much we need forgiveness and how great a gift that forgiveness is? As we meditate upon the infinite goodess of God, the more we come to understand his absolute, infinite holiness, the more we begin to see and understand what sin is in relation to him. And we begin to realise the truth of the old saying, "nothing unclean can stand in the presence of God." The forgivenss Mary recieved is the same forgiveness we all need. And if we think we are not really so bad, all we are doing is kidding ourselves. At least Mary realised what she was......and accepted the love of Jesus...and allowed it to heal her.