When sin becomes public it is called a scandal. The ears of the public are magnetic to scandals, and those ‘caught in the act’ are not spared but ridiculed. Today we celebrate with high honor a woman in the bible who was known as a ‘public sinner.’ Mary Magdalene was introduced as a follower of Jesus from whom seven demons were cast out (Lk 8:1-3; Mk 16:9). Among the group of women that followed and supported Jesus, Mary Magdalene was first mentioned. This shows that she occupied a prominent role among those women! Again, her name was mentioned among the women that witnessed the crucifixion from a distance (Mk 15:40; Mt 27:55-56; Lk 23:49; Jn 19:25). Mary Magdalene was there when Joseph of Arimathea buried the body of Jesus (Mk 15:47; Mt 27:61).
The evangelists testify that Mary Magdalene saw the empty tomb and encountered the risen Lord (Mk 16:1-8; Mt 28:1-10; LK 24:1-12; Jn 20:1-10). Her courage and love for Jesus were at their peak during the resurrection experience. Jesus sent to go and inform the disciples that he had risen. By standing as a witness, and delivering to them the good news of the resurrection, Mary Magdalene is called, the ‘Apostle to the apostles.’
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Feast of St Mary Magdalene.