Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

She became known as “apostle to the apostles.”

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John 20:16-17

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said 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.’”

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Mary Magdalene was present with Jesus throughout his ministry and was no doubt in his inner circle.

Many bible scholars believe that Mary was the woman who anointed Jesus with oil at Bethany as told in the Gospel of Mark. This is when Jesus stated, “She has anticipated anointing my body for burial. Amen, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

But sadly, it has not.

That story and pretty much everything else Mary was connected to in Jesus’ ministry has been diminished.

She was eventually labeled a prostitute and for hundreds of years her reputation was besmirched. It wasn’t until 1969 that the Church admitted that there was no basis for supporting that.

July 22nd is now considered Mary Magdalene’s feast day.

In truth, the fact that Mary is mentioned by name numerous times in the canonical gospels, when most women are not, speaks volumes of her importance.

She was at the cross when Jesus died, and was there when he was buried.

According to the Gospel of Mark, Mary Magdalene and two other women returned to the tomb, buying spices so that they might go and anoint Jesus (Mark 16:1). The anointing ministry was likely one of Mary’s gifts.

The gospels say Mary was the first to experience the risen Christ and the first to tell the Good News.

Other gospels have since been uncovered that depict Mary as an apostle and the one who truly understood Jesus’s teachings.

But those gospels as well as her importance were all dismissed.

In my opinion, we need to revisit this and celebrate her significance anew!

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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