Tiziano’s Noli Me Tangere

Today, on the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, we hear in the Gospel that beautiful phrase, “Do not hold me.”

In Latin: “Noli Me Tangere.” It can also be translated into English as “Do not cling to me.”

The phase is of course spoken by our Lord to Mary Magdalene, the first one to see Jesus after his resurrection. Though she doesn’t recognize him at first, as soon as Jesus says “Mary,” she knows who is speaking and standing in front of her.

That he tells her not to cling to him is food for thought and prayer.

The 15th/16th century Italian artist Tiziano Vecellio painted this beautiful representation: