“I have seen the Lord!” – John 20:18
Mary was from Magdala, a village along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It was an industrious fishing village exporting dry, salted fish to Rome during the first century. When she met Jesus, Mary had major problems in her life; the Gospels tell us that Jesus cast seven devils out from her (Mk 16:9, Lk 8:2). She encountered Jesus, was healed by him, and discovered in him her Teacher, Friend, Lord and Savior. Not only did she become his disciple, but also one of the strongest benefactors of his work.
She followed Jesus, stood at the foot of the Cross during His crucifixion, and was among the women who approached the Tomb after His burial. When she found the tomb empty, she wept, she hadn’t understand what had happened to His body. It was then that the Lord appeared to her and called her name, “Mary!” She went to the disciples to inform them, “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18).
Mary Magdalene had a dark past. She encountered Jesus and believed He was the Christ. She was present when Jesus was tortured, at his crucifixion, and at his death (Mt 27:56; Mk 15:40; Lk 23:49; Jn 19:25, Mk 15:47).
Today, we recognize her as “Apostle to the Apostles,” a woman of faith, a Saint of the Resurrection. We, too, can encounter Jesus by calling out to Him from our heart. So many people through the years have done this and have experienced a peace, a consolation.
Jesus, I turn to you believing you are the Son of God and our Savior. Look into my heart Lord, bless me and lead me to experience your peace. Thank you, Jesus.
Feast Day in the Holy Land: Saturday after Easter Sunday
Universal Feast Day: July 22