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"TOUCH ME NOT"

[Original article in German]

From the April 1950 issue of The Christian Science Journal


WHEN Mary Magdalene hastened to the sepulcher on the day of resurrection to look for her Lord and Master, she found him not, and her heart was heavy. "Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him" were her sorrowful words to Jesus, who unexpectedly stood before her and whom she mistook for the gardener.

We all know Jesus' response. "Mary," he called. Then she recognized him and said, "Rabboni; which is to say, Master."

What happiness must have been hers when he that was risen stood suddenly before her, free and unfettered by death and the grave. We can picture how her love and devotion must have poured forth unrestrainedly. Yet he said to her compassionately, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."

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