The important information that the Bible gives us about Mary Magdalene makes her a model of discipleship for all followers of Jesus today. The depth of her devotion to Jesus, her unwavering faith in him and his mission, her courage to stand by him through his crucifixion and burial, her amazing encounter with him as the Risen Lord, and her apostolic duties in spreading the Good News to others are an inspiration to us all.
She was a strong woman of faith who held a leadership position within the circle of Jesus’ first followers. Out of her resources, she provided for the new family of faith that formed around Jesus. Most importantly she opened herself up to conversion and transformation through her encounter with Jesus. Once she chose that path, she maintained her faith with a commitment that was extraordinary. All the fiction in the world cannot compare to the true story the Bible gives us of Mary Magdalene.
This message is based on an article, “Something About Mary Magdalene,” written by Judy Gross Chiarelli, that appeared in the July/August 2006 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.Today we remember Mary Magdalene, apostle.