Friday, July 22, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

St Mary Magdalene
Read: Ruth 1, Psalm 73, Acts 13, and John 20:1-18


Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ most faithful disciples. She remained at the cross with Jesus’ mother and St. John when all else had fled. She was the first to see him after the resurrection, and he told her to go and tell the others that he was alive. She was also apparently well-to-do, and helped pay for the banquets Jesus would throw whenever he entered a town.

Several of the gnostic gospels portray her as being Jesus’ favorite, or even his wife. However, this is almost certainly untrue.

Luke 8:2 tells us that Jesus cast seven demons from her. Some major Christian saints interpreted the seven devils to signify that she “was full of all vices”, which shows that we can be forgiven of sin. Even though she was a woman in a time when women were not highly regarded, she was still accepted into Jesus’ inner circle and followed him to his death and beyond.

How does Mary’s faithfulness speak to you? You may find the following prayer helpful:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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