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St.Mary Magdalene

posted 23 Jul 2018, 05:34 by Dean Fostekew
Yesterday, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield, we kept the feast of St.Mary Magdalene an often misrepresented saint. Mary was in fact the first evangelist of the risen Christ and the first person sent by the risen Jesus to be his messenger or missioner. 
Mary was over whelmed by grief at Jesus' death and as St.John tells us she went to the garden tomb and was surprised to find the tomb empty. In her grief and anger Mary failed to recognise the risen Jesus, until he spoke to her. Then she was over joyed and amazed to be in his living presence again. Resurrection was a unique and unexpected event. 
When she recovered her senses she was sent by Jesus to tell his disciples that he had returned from the dead. This Mary did and in doing so became the first evangelist of Christ. As such Mary Magdalene is a far more important character in Christian history, than the stories about her have usually conveyed.