Saint Mary Magdalene
Song of Songs 3: 1-4 / 2 Corinthians 5: 14-17. My soul thirsts for you, O Lord my God – Ps 62 (63): 2-6, 8-9. John 20: 1-2, 11-18.
Mary, go find the brothers and tell them
It has been five years since a Vatican decree declared the liturgical celebration in honor of St. Mary Magdalene to be a “feast”, putting her on a par with the apostles. Saints are honored with either a “memorial,” “feast,” or “solemnity,” with celebrations coming first, followed by feasts, and then commemorations. The celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene was expanded from a memorial day to a feast because she had the honor of being the first witness to the Lord’s resurrection. Today we remember Mary Magdalene’s confusion and grief when she found the empty tomb. We are with her while she, blinded by her fears and tears, does not see the angels waiting in the grave or recognize Jesus when he asks her why she is crying. We feel their joy when Jesus calls them by name, and we know that Jesus calls each of us by name to tell our brothers and sisters about the glory of God.
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