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FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, JULY 22, 2023


APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES



Gospel

"I have seen the Lord"


REFLECTION


Mary Magdalene was on the path of wide open gates and roads, going in the direction opposite to the one leading her to salvation. Had she begged God to help her change? Was she lost?


She had been possessed by seven demons, the scorn of many, the weed among flowers. Who would have time for her? She sought happiness in sin but did not find it.


Jesus welcomed her to His inner and intimate group of friends and disciples. She was able to speak with Jesus, ask Him questions, listen to His answers and serve Him. She was among the most faithful followers of Jesus. Mary Magdalene stands out for her continued presence in serving and accompanying Jesus, especially in the last hours of His passion and standing under the Cross.


In her passionate love for Jesus she reflects each of us--each one of us with our different personalities, sinfulness, troubles and weaknesses. We have been so blessed that Jesus left us with the sacrament of Confession where our sins are forgiven. She reflects the Mercy of Jesus.


When everyone was gone, having betrayed Jesus, scared for their lives, she stood by the tomb crying. And it was Mary Magdalene who Jesus chose to be the first evangelist, the apostle to the apostles, by letting her be the first witness to His Resurrection. "I have seen the Lord".


"He who finds me, finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord".

(Proverbs 8:35)


St Mary Magdalene, you first saw the Resurrected Jesus. Please help us see Him in the Eucharist, and to be worthy to tell others of His life, death and resurrection.



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