Mary Magdalene (original Greek Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνή), or Mary of Magdala and sometimes The Magdalene, is a religious figure in Christianity. She is usually thought of as the second-most important woman in the New Testament after Mary, the mother of Jesus.Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus as one of his followers. She was present at Jesus’ two most important moments: the crucifixion and the resurrection. Within the four Gospels, the oldest historical record mentioning her name, she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. The Gospel references describe her as courageous, brave enough to stand by Jesus in his hours of suffering, death and beyond. Mary Magdalene is honored in the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and other Protestant denominations, as well as in the Baha’i tradition
Penitent Mary Magdalene by Nicolas Régnier, Palace on the Water, Warsaw
For reflection: Spend some time gazing upon this picture. Pay attention to what thoughts and feelings come up for you. Write them down if you have the chance. Carry this image in your mind’s eye today. Think about a woman in your life who has stood by you through good and bad times.
Peace and Blessings for this Feast Day