St. Mary Magdalene, Feast Day – 22 July

Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. She had been possessed by seven devils until Jesus cast them out of her. After that she became his follower and was one of the holy women who helped Jesus and the apostles.

When Our Lord was crucified, she was there at the foot of his cross. She stayed with the Blessed Mother and St. John, unafraid for her own safety. All she could think about was that her Lord was suffering.

After Jesus’ body had been buried, Mary went to the tomb early Easter Sunday morning. She was shocked when she saw that the large stone was rolled away and the tomb empty. She ran to tell Peter and John, “They have taken the Lord, but I don’t know where!” Peter and John ran to the tomb and found everything just as Mary had said. Mary stayed at the tomb after Peter and John went back home. She began to weep. Suddenly she saw someone she thought was the gardener. She asked him if he knew where the body of her beloved Master had been taken. Then the man spoke: “Mary!” It was Jesus, standing right there in front of her! He was risen from the dead! Mary fell at his feet and cried, “Teacher!”

The Gospels show Mary as being sent by the Lord himself to announce the Good News of the resurrection to Peter and the apostles, and we should do the same to the people we meet.