Let us honor the “Apostle of the Apostles.”
(Listen to my song “Glorify You with Me” by clicking HERE)
Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.
Mary Magdalene is finally getting the recognition due her.
Pope Francis recently upgraded the July 22 “memorial” in her honor…to a “feast” on the church’s liturgical calendar. A decree formalizing the decision was titled “Apostle of the Apostles.”
Her recognition is long…long…long overdue. (For years, Mary was falsely remembered as a prostitute based on no evidence to support such a claim.)
The gospels say that Mary Magdalene was present at the crucifixion, present when Jesus’ body was taken from the cross and present when he was put in the tomb.
What strength and courage!
How eventful and noteworthy that Jesus selected her to be the first witness to his astounding resurrection and to be the first person instructed by Jesus himself to announce the most amazing news that had ever…or would ever…happen!
In a world dominated by men, where women were servants and had no rights, it was Mary of Magdala who was selected to inform the other disciples of the Good News!
I wonder how well that went over with the other disciples? In St. Luke’s account…the disciples did not believe.
It may be uncomfortable for each of us at times to be messengers of the Good News that God’s love is unconditional and triumphs over death.
On such occasions…take courage…and think of Mary of Magdala.
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Remember…God loves you!