They have taken my Lord...

Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene. St. Mary Magdalene is the one who bathed the Lord's feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with fine perfume. She is the one of whom Jesus spoke when He said, "her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love," (Luke 7:47). In the Gospel of Mark, it is written that Jesus cast out seven demons from her (Mark 16:9). St. Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of His Cross and was the first recorded witness of the Risen Christ, the story of which is recounted in today's Gospel reading.


In a homily given in early April and concerning this same Gospel story (but taken from the Gospel of John), Pope Francis considered St. Mary Magdalene, before she met Jesus, as an "abused woman also held in contempt by those who thought themselves just." Having been forgiven by Jesus, she stayed close to Him and when she saw His empty tomb, when she beheld the absence of His Body, she wept, and it is through those tears that she saw the Risen Jesus. As Pope Francis would say, "Sometimes in our life tears, are the glasses to see Jesus." (Source: Zenit).


After having seen the Risen Lord, she was sent to the disciples and apostles to preach the Good News of His Resurrection to them. The Lord was pleased to make her an apostle to the Apostles, sent to the ones who are sent, and for this reason, she is a patroness of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans.

So today, brothers and sisters, let us meditate on that which makes us weep, be it sorrow, mercy, or even joy. Through the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene, may we behold our Lord Jesus Christ through the lens of our tears, and be moved by God to preach the Gospel to whomever we are sent.

Click here for the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia article on St. Mary Magdalene

From the Breviary:
O God, whose Only Begotten Son
entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others
with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection,
grant, we pray,
that through her intercession and example
we may proclaim the living Christ
and come to see him reigning in your glory.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.