Resurrecting the Magdalene Part VII
Today we conclude the Resurrecting the Magdalene series and welcome Mary, called Magdalene, back into her rightful place as co-equal partner with Jesus, the one who supported and bore witness to the resurrected Christ, the one who Jesus commissioned to be the bearer of the good news and ordained to continue the ministry of Love that he began. This ministry of Love is only now being fulfilled….. it is being fulfilled in the Resurrection of the Magdalene and through her resurrection, the restoration of the original teachings of Christ. This is the truth that Jesus came to know within himself – the truth that we are all ONE – one within ourselves, one with the Divine of our understanding, one with each other and one with all of creation and in this Oneness, we know that we are love. As we walk forth from this resurrection, let us BE THIS LOVE!
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Today we resurrect the Magdalene by replacing the reading that is traditionally chosen by the Catholic Church for Easter morning with the “rest of the story.” In the first passage, it seems that Peter is being given credit as first witness to the resurrection, but in truth, all he saw was an empty tomb. As we continue in the reading, we see that it is Mary Magdalene who is the true first witness to the resurrection and THE ONE sent to bear the good news to the other disciples.
Here is the Church’s chosen reading for Easter Sunday:
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
John 20: 1-9
Here is the rest of the story:
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
John 20: 10-18
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