Mary Magdalene, model of hope

Mary Magdalene, model of hope

ABy Paul Deniega Cruz

On July 22, we will celebrate the memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene.  Many of us probably remember Mary Magdalene as one of the women who remained at the feet of Jesus throughout his suffering and death on the cross. Or, we might remember her as the first person to witness Jesus’ Resurrection. Both roles are very important to consider as we examine the readings from today and their importance in recognizing God’s presence in our lives.

The Gospel taught us that Mary Magdalene visited the tomb of Jesus.  She arrived, found it empty, and wept.  When confronted by Jesus, she replied, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”  Mary Magdalene was blinded by her grief, her own human failings, because in that moment, she believed her struggles were greater than God himself.  She has forgotten Christ’s promise that he will rebuild this temple in three days (Cf, Jn 2:19).  She, who sat at the feet of Jesus as he suffered on the cross, does not recognize that Christ is standing in front of her. 

We often go through life like Mary Magdalene, blinded by our everyday fears and hardships, but her life and her actions give us an example to follow. Though blinded by her own human failings, she learned to have faith and trust in the constant presence of the mercy and love of Christ. So, in prayer let us say together:

Grant to us, most merciful Father, that as the blessed Mary Magdalen, by loving Our Lord Jesus Christ above all things, won the forgiveness of her sins, so may she obtain for us, through Your mercy, everlasting happiness. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


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