“‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?’ Mary Magdalene is asked why she is sorrowing so that her desire might be strengthened; for when she mentions whom she is seeking, her love is kindled all the more ardently.
Jesus says to her: ‘Mary’.
Jesus is not recognised when he calls her ‘Woman’; so he calls her by name, as though he were saying: ‘Recognise me as I recognise you; for I do not know you as I know others; I know you as yourself.’
And so Mary, once addressed by name, recognises who is speaking.
She immediately calls him ‘Rabboni,’ that is to say, teacher, because the one whom she sought outwardly was the one who inwardly taught her to keep on searching.”
From a homily on the Gospels by Gregory the Great, from The Office of Readings for the Memorial of Mary Magadalene. 22nd July.
The image is a fresco by Giotto from The Magdalene Chapel of the Lower Basilica of Saint Francis, Assisi.