Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
I want to borrow from the greater Christian tradition today and write on the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene.
Different canonized saints have their particular days when we reflect upon their legacy and life of faith. They are people of faith, like you and me, who sought the path of Christ. A saint is not a perfect person, but their life of faith has the possibility to inspire us in new ways. Canonized saints, though, have special feast days because something particularly striking in their faith journey has the potential to help illuminate our path with Christ.
I have a particular joy for the Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalene (July 22). In John 20:11-18 we see Mary as the first disciple of Jesus to whom the resurrected Christ appears. She, a first century woman, is the first person Christ calls to tells others about the resurrection. She became the apostle to the apostles. For many female ministers she provides a source of strength and confirmation of our calls. For all people, we learn about the courage she had to trust that Christ had called her name and the courage she had to share with others about her experience with the resurrection.
Mary Magdalene is a complex character like so many of us. She has the possibility to teach us about courage and that God calls all sorts of people to share about the resurrection.
How does Mary Magdalene inspire and challenge your faith?