August 2nd 2010

Mary Magdalene

“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’”
John 20:18 (NIV)

Mary Magdalene was a key figure in the New Testament.

Popular fiction has speculated that Mary actually married Jesus and they went onto have children after the resurrection. A source for this, it is claimed, is the Gospel of Mary, dated from the end of the second century AD. Most historians, however, discredit completely the claim that Mary Magdalene wrote this work, which is regarded as the writings of a cult that tried to give credibility to their teachings by adding Mary’s name as author. And, by the way, in the Gospel of Mary there is no reference to any marriage between Jesus and Mary or to any children of such a union. The idea of such a marriage has no historical foundation.

When Jesus met Mary he healed her of mental and emotional problems. He set her free to live a life of service and compassion. Just as when we accept Jesus into our life, nothing is ever the same, so it was with Mary. But surely the highlight for her must have been when she was the first to witness the resurrection of the Lord.

There is much we can learn from the story of Mary. She is full of excitement when she spreads the news of the resurrected Jesus. She can’t wait to tell others. We too have the chance to tell the story of how Christ is alive.

Will we join Mary and the other disciples in proclaiming, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead”? (1 Corinthians 15:20)

Our Father, thank you for the witness of Mary in proclaiming the risen Lord, and help us to witness to and share in his resurrection in everything we do and say.

Study by SEP Staff 

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