Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. We know little about her and over the years the little we know has been tainted with confusion and misunderstanding.
Let’s put all that aside and consider just two lines from Morning Prayer of the universal Church. They tell us everything we need to know:
- When Jesus had risen from the dead on the morning after the sabbath, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven devils.
- Father, your Son first entrusted to Mary Magdalene the joyful news of his resurrection.
Those two lines give us more than enough to think about the entire day. Consider: Whoever she was, wherever she was from, whatever her tormented past, she was transformed into the person Christ first appeared to and entrusted with the news of his resurrection.
Thanks be to God, that same kind of transformation is available to you and to me. Whoever we are, wherever we are, whatever our past, while we live we are never beyond the healing transformation of Christ’s redeeming love. It is as far away as our next breath if that’s what we want.
In the words of St. Augustine, every saint has a past; every sinner has a future.
St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us.