Friday, July 22, 2016

St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is one of my favorite biblical women.  She is often seen as a prostitute which is not supported in scripture.  One thing for sure she was present with Jesus during his public ministry, his death and his resurrection.  Mentioned at least a dozen times in the Gospels she is often portrayed as a close friend of Jesus.  
In the Gospels we meet Mary who was originally a great sinner.  Jesus cast seven demons out of her and she shared that with others who also came to follow Jesus.  Regardless of the scholarly debates she is a woman who encountered Jesus and changed her life for the better.
Mary was a disciple of Jesus, she followed him to the cross and was present for the events of that day.  She was present at his resurrection.  Today’s Gospel shares the story of Mary going to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body and finds the stone rolled away.  Jesus is very much alive and she was the first witness of the resurrection.  

Mary Magdalene has a great deal to teach us.  She was a woman of faith and shows us the importance of deep faith.  Let us celebrate her this day and remember that God’s love is overwhelmingly generous and God wants us to be happy.
Pat Schifini, OSU

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