Here I stood at Mount Olive, I could see the structure behind the wall with an onion-shaped golden dome. It’s calling me, and I wanted to visit the place, but it’s not part of our itinerary. Long after I came … Continue reading →
Head of Mary Magdalene by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
The bride speaks of her beloved:
Upon my bed at night
I sought him whom my soul loves:
I sought him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.
So, I said to myself,
I will rise now and go about the city,
in the streets and in the squares:
I will seek him whom my soul loves.
I sought him, but found him not.
The sentinels found me,
as they went about in the city.
I asked, “Have you see him whom my soul loves?”
Scarcely had I passed them,
when I found him whom my soul loves.
Songs of Songs (3.1-4a)
Memorial day for Mary Magdalene, a person of generous love, a holy woman, a disciple of Jesus, and an apostle of the resurrection. She was the first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection and then ordered her to “go and tell my brothers!”
Mary Magdalene by Friar Musings. My gravatar is a picture of Mary Magdalene and I have shared you before that I happen to like her not because she was a prostitute but because she is so close to Jesus and was the first one to witness that He came back to life. Thank you, Friar.
Most people still think of Mary Magdalene as the unnamed sinner (possibly a prostitute) in Luke 7:36-50. Of course we think of her as “the repentant prostitute” because she turns her life around because of the encounter with Jesus. The problem is that for the first 300+ years of the Church, she was only seen as the first witness to the Resurrection. Did you know that Mary Magdalene is mentioned 12 times in the gospels, more than most of the Apostles? She was present at the crucifixion and was the first witness to the Resurrection (John 20 and Mark 16:9). She was the “Apostle to the Apostles,” an honorific that St. Augustine bestowed upon her in the fourth century, and possibly he was but repeating a moniker already in use.