The “Apostle of the Apostles”
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Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Today is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene in the tradition of the Catholic Church.
It is the one day in which she is honored.
But for some reason, Mary Magdalene is barely ever mentioned outside today.
Of all the people the resurrected Jesus could have appeared to first (including all the apostles and his mother), he chose Mary Magdalene.
That would seem to rather drastically elevate her importance.
She was the first to witness the risen Christ and the first to be sent to proclaim the Good News.
She was also one of the most loyal followers of Jesus…as the gospels record that she was present at his crucifixion and when he was put in the tomb…and finally the only one to see him immediately after the resurrection.
The men had all deserted him.
Can you not read the emotion hidden in the scripture verse featured above as Jesus reveals himself to his close friend?
The next verse is also revealing as Jesus says, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.”
And yet…Mary Magdalene then seems to disappear.
Well…at least from the canonical gospels that were included in the bible…but not if you read other gospels that weren’t included.
You might want to explore books that were written about the Gospel of Mary Magdalene…such as: The Gospel of Mary of Magdala by Karen L. King…or The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault.
In my opinion, we need to investigate more about the woman who has been called the “Apostle of the Apostles.”
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