Wednesday, July 22, 2009

There's something about Mary

Today is a great feast day of an amazing saint. Her name was Mary Magdalene and there is a little confusion about who she was, but what it really comes down to is that she was a woman of whom much was forgiven and therefore she love much! When we talk about Mary Magdalene we take a look at the gospels because she is in there quite a bit. In the gospel of Mark, he talks about Mary Magdalene, out of whom he [Jesus] had driven seven demons. She was healed by Jesus. The one thing we can see from the gospels is that that Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus' best friends. She was with Him until the end, at the foot of the cross and after. She was the first person the risen Jesus appeared to, and she was the woman who believed and ran back to tell the others what she had seen and heard. What an amazing witness! We are called to be a witness in that way. We are called to not shy away from the cross because it is scary or difficult to see. We are called to believe the words of Jesus and go out and share those words with others.
I love St Mary Magdalene because she is called the saint of whom much was forgiven. I like this reference because it leads me to look deeper into my own life and the many things that have been forgiven. The other part of that title is that she loved much. I hope that I love much because much has been forgiven. The Mass readings talked a lot about love today because Mary loved her Lord so much. The first reading was from the Song of Songs, which most people relate to a love of a man and a woman. But here I think that this was about the love of man towards God and visa versa...one line says "I sought him who my heart loves, I sought him but did not find him." Just like today's gospel, Mary goes to look for the Lord at the tomb and she doesn't find Him. She looks for Him and finally He appears to her. In the Song of Songs it ends with: "I found Him who my heart loves." It makes me think about that deep love that our souls are created with, a love so deep that we can't even comprehend it without God's help! Our souls CRY OUT for that love...we seek that love all the time. Sometimes we look in the wrong places but God won't stop until He has all of us! Just like Mary Magdalene we seek God, and He's there. Sometimes, like in today's gospel, we don't recognize Him at first but when we do we rejoice, just like Mary did.
Today, let's work on that idea of forgiving because we have been forgiven, and loving because we are loved! St. Mary Magdalene, Pray for us!

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