How is Mary Magdalene a model for today’s woman?
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- Official Website of The Pilgrim Center of Hope
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Saint of the Week: St. Mary Magdalene
(Feast Day: July 22)
Mary Magdalene’s life has been a source of interest for two thousand years. There are many women named Mary who are mentioned in Scripture, but Mary Magdalene is distinguished by the name of a place: Magdala, a city on the Sea of Galilee. Some scholars argue that this does not necessarily mean that she was born there, but at least she lived there for a significant time.
When she first met Jesus, Mary had major problems in her life; the Gospels tell us that Jesus cast seven devils out from her (Mk 16:9, Lk 8:2). She encountered Jesus and was healed by Him, and discovered in him her Teacher, Friend, Lord and Savior. Not only did she become his disciple, but also one of the strongest benefactors of his work.
Contributer to the ministry of Christ:
Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman with sufficient resources to be able to support Jesus in such a significant way that she is always listed first among the group of Jesus’ supporters (Mt 27:55-56, Mk 15:40-41, Lk 8:2-3). In ancient times, just as today, the biggest donor’s name is on top of the list. Based on socio-economic analysis of Gospel language and contemporary life at that time, author Christoph Wrembek argues that today she would be ranked as a millionaire.
Above all, we should remember Mary Magdalene as the “Constant Woman” who remained close to Christ and His Mother even at the lowest point of their lives: Jesus’ torture, crucifixion, and death. In this extreme adversity, Mary Magdalene remained faithful; we are told that she stood at the Cross (Mt 27:56; Mk 15:40; Lk 23:49; Jn 19:25), and was present through Jesus’ death and burial (Mk 15:47). Even after his burial, Mary Magdalene would not leave her Lord. She came to the tomb early in the morning on the third day, while it was still dark, but saw that the stone across the entrance had been rolled away. “So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.’” Imagine her fear and confusion! After Peter and the beloved disciple came and went from the empty tomb, Mary remained there, weeping. (Jn 20:1-10)
The first witness of the Resurrection:
As she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. (v. 11-16) Jesus called her by name, and she recognized him as her teacher: Jesus teaches Mary Magdalene a new way of relating to him, saying to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (Jn 20:17) She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. (Mk 16:10-11)
Benedict XVI said “Every Christian relives the experience of Mary Magdalene. It involves an encounter which changes our lives: the encounter with a unique Man who lets us experience all God’s goodness and truth, who frees us from evil not in a superficial and fleeting way, but sets us free radically, heals us completely and restores our dignity. This is why Mary Magdalene calls Jesus ‘my hope’: he was the one who allowed her to be reborn, who gave her a new future, a life of goodness and freedom from evil. ‘Christ my hope’ means that all my yearnings for goodness find in him a real possibility of fulfillment: with him I can hope for a life that is good, full and eternal, for God himself has drawn near to us, even sharing our humanity.”
Pearl of the Week: Asking God for the gifts He wants to give you (by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker)
The Pearl of the Week is a resource, recommended to you – so that you can more deeply understand and hold our Faith, which is great treasure.
“Popular Catholic author Woodeene Koenig-Bricker has discovered a prayer that asks God for gifts that he wants to give us–and our Lord’s answers will delight us! The prayer, written by the beloved seventeenth-century St. Alphonsus Liguori, asks God for five graces: forgiveness; wisdom; a share in divine love; confidence in the merits of Jesus and the intercession of Mary; and perseverance.”
You can purchase this book from http://bookstore.wau.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=890
Check out this article by Sonja Corbitt!
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