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 Post subject: Who did Jesus first appear to?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:34 am 
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Why've we lost the very ancient Tradition that Jesus first appeared to His mother after His resurrection? In the Eastern Orthodox Church (maybe even the Eastern Catholic) the liturgy even seems to say this. Ambrose says it and so does Epiphaneus, and I'm sure many other fathers do, too. It used to be part of the Roman (as in Churches in the city of Rome) stations for Easter.

My main reason for thinking that it is the case (that Jesus first appeared to His Mother) is common sense: when your return home for the holidays, where's the first place you go?

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I do believe that Our Lord first appeared to His Blessed Mother, but this reminds me of a joke that a priest told in his Easter homily - the reason the Lord appeared first to the women and not the disciples was because He knew that if He appeared to the disciples, only the 11 would know, but if He appeared to women first, within half a day the entire world would know.

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Mark 16:9 - "Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons."


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Yes, I thought it was Mary Magdalene as Dirk points out above.


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Yes, I thought it was Mary Magdalene as Dirk points out above.


Dirk's "pointing out" contradicts a very significant stream in oral Tradition. However, in the modern era we act as if oral Tradition is somehow second fiddle to the canon. I don't think we should.

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I'm not sure the Marcan quote explicitly rules out the possibility of Jesus appearing to His mother. What I find interesting is that his mother is not listed among the women who came to prepare the body. Jesus is already risen, but where is she? It would make complete sense if she were with Jesus at that time. Then Jesus appears later that day to three people, the first of which being Mary Magdalene, and the second and third the two disciples.
"...he appeared first..after this..." seems to indicate that the apparition to Mary Magdalene was first in this series of events, but not necessarily first to Mary Magdalene out of all the people in the world.

Also, if we are to accept such a literalistic interpretation of the sequence of events, it would seem that Jesus ascended the very day he arose, according to Mark.

Obviously, we are not required to believe that Jesus appeared to his mother first, either.


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Mamamidwife wrote:
I'm not sure the Marcan quote explicitly rules out the possibility of Jesus appearing to His mother. What I find interesting is that his mother is not listed among the women who came to prepare the body. Jesus is already risen, but where is she? It would make complete sense if she were with Jesus at that time.


I concur with Bekah. Our Blessed Mother most probably already knew He would rise on that day, so she went ahead somewhere to meet her Son, instead of going to the tomb to anoint the body.

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Dirk wrote:
I, for one, firmly and solemly state that I don't really know for sure.

That's probably my stance, too. I can see either way. I don't think it really matters, either.


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St. Anne Catherine Emerich on her Dolorous Passion said that He met His mother first. They meet on the ground where Jesus carried the cross.


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[pedant]To whom did Jesus first appear?[/pedant]

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Careful there. Wouldn't want any non catholics claiming we believe private revelation over Sacred Scripture.
Unfortunately Anne Catherines' accounts are private revelation and do not supersede Sacred Scripture. Therefore He first appeared to Mary Magdalene.

Although it would make sense to me if he did appear to His most Blessed Mother.


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 Post subject: Jesus appeared first to . . . .
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According to the gospels -

Mary Magdalene
Mary (the mother of James & John)
Salome?
Joanna?
Several Other Women

I have not read of Jesus specifically appearing to his mother but she may have been one of the "several women" listed in Luke


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 Post subject: Re: Who did Jesus first appear to?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:41 pm 
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Father Edward Looney reflects on whether or not Jesus appeared to his Mother after the Resurrection.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQjuYTCNcO0


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 Post subject: Re: Who did Jesus first appear to?
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You realize this thread is nearly 13 years old?

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 Post subject: Re: Who did Jesus first appear to?
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he has been excelling at thread resurrection since he has joined us 8-) the fact that he is taking
the time to go back through the archives is pretty surprising, but noteworthy

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