Friday, July 22, 2011

Feast Of The Witness

Today, as you know, is the feast of St Mary Magdalen, the disciple of the Lord who was chosen to be the first official witness to the Resurrection. 

Often identified as the repentant prostitute, there is no evidence that she was the fallen woman who washed the Lord's feet.  She was, however, possessed by seven devils which is hardly a better position to be in to be honest.  Unlike the first bishops of the Church (with the exception of one) she did not run away, but joined Our Lady, the Holy Women and St John at the foot of the cross. 

St Mary has much to teach us, and today, in our time of prayer, we may sit and listen to what she has to say.  We can be sure she will bring us to the feet of Christ.  She is also a powerful intercessor, so let us commend our intentions and needs to her.  This morning I will offer Mass in the presence of her relic (ex ossibus) given to me when in Rome, I will remember your intentions.   

Happy feast day to you all, and to Mary Magdalen's biggest fan - you know who you are!

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