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Monday, 20 July 2009 01:42

So on that third day, when you went to the tomb and found it empty, you were the one God ordained to be there to see the Risen One alive.  And, you were the one chosen to be an apostle to the apostles.  In those days, no one would choose a woman to be a witness in court.  But, you were no ordinary woman.  The disciples would believe you.  You were different.  Your testimony was credible and your grateful love was trustworthy.

 

 

Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene

Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15

Psalm 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28

 

J ohn 20:1-2, 11-18 (alternate reading: Matthew 13:1-9)  (1) Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (2) So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." (11) But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; (12) and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. (13) They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." (14) Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. (15) Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." (16) Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rab-bo'ni!" (which means Teacher). (17) Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." (18) Mary Mag'dalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
 
 
 
Meditation by Andy Alexander, S.J.
 
 
D ear Mary of Magdala,

 

 

On this, your feast day, I’d like to write to you in a reflective, imaginative contemplation.  You were such an important person in the life of the early Church, and such an intimate friend of Jesus, that I want to spend some time with you and get to know you better.

 

 

I find it helpful to start by remembering that you were from Magdala.  Your coming from this prosperous town on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee gives me a good starting place.  I imagine that since you are not named, as many of the other women are, in reference to a man, e.g., you weren’t called “Mary, wife of Jacob,” that you were never married.  I’ll assume the reason for that was that you were a very wealthy woman, involved in the one of the two great businesses that Magdala was famous for - the preserving of fish and the building of ships.  Perhaps your father had no sons and died an early death, leaving you to run a thriving business.  It’s possible you never needed to be supported by a husband and so no marriage was arranged for you.  I’d like to imagine that the man your father arranged for you either died or that he was unfaithful and abandoned you for what he perceived was a more “feminine” woman.

 

 

What we know about you from the gospels is that Jesus drove “seven demons” out of you and that you followed him, along with Mary his mother and the other women who were benefactresses for him and his followers.  What demons possessed you, Mary?  I really doubt that you were the sinful woman at Simon’s banquet in Luke’s gospel or the prostitute saved from stoning in John’s gospel.  Medieval art too easily identified you with these women.  It is clear from these stories that Jesus didn’t know these women and there is no reference to “seven demons” being driven out of them.  Your struggle was not something sexual, Mary.  I suspect the magnificent demons you struggled with had to do with your wealth and the fame and pride they brought you in Magdala.  Riches, honors and pride are the biggest demons Jesus talks about, not the sexual sins.
 
 
I suspect you were an extraordinary woman in Magdala.  I can picture you as a unique and powerful woman in that city of merchants and artisans.  I’ll bet you had no peer.  No woman had been tutored the way your father trained you.  You were smart, clever and you understood people.  You were successful and your accumulated wealth won you respect, perhaps fear, and maybe even a lot of artificial friends and workers.  In a man’s world, you had become a leader.  It was all in God’s plan for our salvation, Mary.  You were prepared to meet and be transformed by Jesus.  Your gifts would serve his mission well.
 

 

What was the encounter like?  I suspect it was a trip Jesus made up the coast, just passing through Magdala.  You were a prominent person in town and it would have been natural for you to want to meet this celebrity coming through town and making a stir.  You weren’t a very religious Jew, but you were well educated and understood both the religious and political issues Jesus was stirring up.  His message stirred up your heart as well.  “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself.”  “It will be so hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven - a camel passing through the eye of a needle.”  “When I was hungry, thirsty, naked, sick or in prison, you weren’t there.”  “The rich man begged Father Abraham to let the poor beggar bring him a drop of water.”  “You can’t serve two masters, God and money.”  Seven horrible demons came pouring out of your heart, Mary, and your heart was so emptied to be open to receive him, to love him, to follow him.

 

 

Jesus needed you. Of course, your assets supported their travel and daily needs.  But, you were there, an eye witness to his preaching and miracles.  You were there for Mary, his mother, every step of the way.  I can only imagine how much she loved you and was so thrilled that a woman of your gifts was following him.  And you stayed by his side, even when his disciples fled.  The Romans didn’t frighten you.  And, your heart was on fire, as theirs never could be.
 
 
So on that third day, when you went to the tomb and found it empty, you were the one God ordained to be there to see the Risen One alive.  And, you were the one chosen to be an apostle to the apostles.  In those days, no one would choose a woman to be a witness in court.  But, you were no ordinary woman.  The disciples would believe you.  You were different.  Your testimony was credible and your grateful love was trustworthy. 
 

 

After what you’d been freed from, you didn’t need great attention and recognition for being chosen to be the first witness to the Resurrection. I’m sure you played the role that you were allowed to play in the early Church.  Perhaps you returned to Magdala and preached the faith there and no written record of your preaching remains.  I can almost hear it.  I’m sure it was all about Jesus and how freeing it is to let him love us.

 

 

Supplementary Reading

Add Significance

 

Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. – Philippians 2:4

 

 

M oishe Rosen teaches a one-sentence mental exercise that is an effective tool in helping a person identify his dream. He asks a person to fill in the blanks:

 

If I had [you fill in the blank], I would [you fill in the blank].

 

The idea is that if you had anything you wanted—unlimited time, unlimited money, unlimited information, unlimited staff (all the resources you could ask for)—what would you do? Your answer to that question is your dream.

 

Everyone has heard the story of Isaac Newton's discovery of the law of gravity after observing the fall of an apple. What few people know is that Edmund Halley, the astronomer who discovered Halley's Comet, is almost single-handedly responsible for Newton 's theories becoming known. Halley challenged Newton to think through his original notions. He corrected Newton 's mathematical errors and prepared geometrical figures to support his work. Not only did he encourage Newton to write his great work, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, but he edited the work, supervised its publication, and financed its printing, even though Newton could easily afford the printing costs.

 

Halley encouraged Newton to act on his dream, and it added immeasurable significance to Newton 's life. Halley received little credit, but he must have gained great satisfaction in knowing he had inspired revolutionary ideas in the advancement of scientific thought.

 

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What would you do if there were no limits on your life?

 

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This excerpt was taken from the "The Maxwell Daily Reader" - John C. Maxwell # # #
 
 
 
GOD BLESS US ALL!
 
 
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.  
 
 
 
 

 



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