Feast of St. Mary Magdalene – Monday, July 22

We honor today Saint Mary Magdalene, one of the most beloved women in the Bible. In the canonical gospels, she’s mentioned by name twelve times, more than most of the other apostles. Yet factually, she remains a mysterious figure. We can conclude that her surname “Magdalene” indicates she was Mary from Magdala in Galilee. Multiple legends surround Mary. Some believe she is Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Martha. Others identify her as the prostitute from whom Jesus cast seven demons. And still others, the penitent sinner who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. Whether all suppositions are true, partly true, or truly false, they portray a woman who knew herself and her need for Jesus. They point to a generous person of means, who used her wealth to further the ministry of the Son of God. She is the woman recognized as a witness to the crucifixion of Jesus, present at His burial, the first witness of the empty tomb, and the first to whom our risen Lord identified himself. Mary, without hesitation or doubt, immediately testified to the appearance of the resurrected Christ. For these reasons, she earned the epitaph Apostola Apostolorum, the apostle to the apostles. Mary Magdalene was an unwavering witness of the name of Jesus Christ, sent to teach the principles of salvation to others.

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