Jn 20:1-2, 11-18 Sister of the Lord

Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene
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While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him.  Someone told him, “Your mother and you brothers are standing outside asking to speak to you.”  Be he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother?  Who are my brothers?”

The Jews.  In general, the Jewish people have a lot going for them.  Firstly, they are a very close knit community with Abraham has their ancestral father.  Secondly, they are one tough group of people.  Tough experiences have forged people as strong as nails.  No Jew would ever question who their mother or brothers were.  From an early age, the answer was beaten into them.

Then came Jesus, who shook the earth when He asked the questions “Who is my mother?” and “Who are my brothers?”  The crowds were appalled.  How could He ask such a silly question?  They should have known better, but they didn’t, for they didn’t know Christ or His way of thinking.  His answer stunned His audience and opened the floodgates of criticism, and also the gates of heaven.  Answer:  The one who does the will of the Father. 

And what exactly is the Will of the Father?  What is it that God demands from us?  Is it not what we demand from Him? 

“Lord, show us your mercy and love” (Ps 85:8a). 

Lord, show me that you love me.  Show me that you care about me.  This is all we want from God and from our neighbors.  All we want is to know that we are loved and cared about.  And thankfully, it is what the Lord demands from us:  that we show love for Him and for our neighbors.

St. Mary Magdalene.  Today is the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene.  Scripture has it that seven demons came out of her.  What exactly does this mean?  Well, it can only mean one thing:  that she underwent a deep or profound spiritual conversion.  It can only mean that she radically changed her life. 

The number seven has only one meaning in Scripture.  In the Old and New Testament it represents the same thing:  perfection.  

Mary changed her life for good!

Pope Paul VI called Mary Magdalene “the apostle to the Apostles,” and for good reason: she never left Christ’s side.  From the moment of her conversion, she was present at every major event in the life of her savior, more so than the Apostles themselves!  The expulsion of seven demons meant her conversion was fierce and profound; and because of it, she remained faithful to the Lord even as He lay dying on a Cross.  She was His faithful follower to the end because Her will was united to His, unconditionally.

St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us!    

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