Saturday, July 22, 2006
St. Mary Magdalene

Memorial (1969 Calendar): July 22
Double (1955 Calendar): July 22

Today the Church remembers the life of St. Mary Magdalene, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. According to the Latin Rite in the Roman Catholic Church, Mary Magdalene is mentioned in Lk 7:36-50, Lk 10:38-42, and Jn 20:11-18. The Catholic Church believes these references all refer to Mary Magdalene while the Eastern Churches believe each of those passages refers to a different person (Source).

What we know of St. Mary Magdalene is that she was a hardened sinner for some time. She was very beautiful and instead of treating her body as a temple of the Lord, she committed the grave evil of prostitution. But, like all sinners can do, her life changed when she saw the brilliance and truth in the teachings and person of Jesus Christ. She repented from all of her sinfulness and resolved to amend her life in service to God. The Holy Scriptures state: "Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils" (Mark 16:9). When all of Our Lord's disciples except St. John ran away, St. Mary Magdalene stayed by the Cross sorrowing with anguish for her dying Jesus.

Because of her faith and repentance, she was privileged to be the first person after the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus appeared to after His Resurrection (John 20:1-18).

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said, "The story of Mary Magdalene reminds everyone of a fundamental truth: She is a disciple of Christ who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for His help, has been healed by Him and has followed Him closely, becoming a witness of the power of His merciful love, which is stronger than sin and death."

What about the Da Vinci Code?

The Da Vinci Code - while a work of Fiction is considered factual by the author - teaches that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus, the mother of Jesus’ child, a participant at the Last Supper, His prophetic successor and a priestess. These claims have absolutely no support in Church Tradition or Holy Scripture. All references to "gnostic gospels" add nothing to the debate since these "gospels" were rejected from the official canon of Sacred Scripture because they were heretical and lacked apostolic authorship.


May we be helped by the intercession of blessed Mary Magdalen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Who in answer to her prayers didst raise her brother Lazarus to life after he had been dead four days: Who livest and reignest.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

2 comment(s):

del_button July 22, 2006 at 2:24 PM
Tito said...

Excellent points MB.

You shouldn't have to even mention garbage like the Da Vinci Code, but since we live in a world where even the average layperson knows nothing besides Christianity outside of spelling 'Bible', you and the rest of us need always put extra information in our postings.

del_button July 22, 2006 at 11:50 PM
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