RABBONI

Mary Magdalene — who was not a reformed prostitute, at least on any scriptural authority — was the first person to see the risen Jesus. She didn’t recognize him at first but when he spoke her name she knew who he was.  She addressed him as Rabboni — beloved teacher.  When she tried to embrace him he said, according to most translations, “Don’t touch me,” though I’m told the original phrase, in the Greek of John’s Gospel, is closer to “stop clinging to me.”  This brief moment, recounted in a few matter-of-fact lines in John’s account, is ground zero of the Christian faith — marking the first appearance of Jesus resurrected in the flesh to a human witness.  One tends to parse its every detail for significance.

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