Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
(Song of Songs 3:1-4b; John 20:1-2.11-18)
The Dominicans, the Order of Preachers, for centuries have honored St. Mary Magdalene as one of their patrons. Their motive has been the same that recently moved Pope Francis to raise her memorial day to a full-fledged feast. As the Dominicans see themselves sent to proclaim the gospel, they take after Mary Magdalene whom Jesus dispatches to his apostles with the news of his resurrection.
Dominicans should strive to imitate Mary Magdalene’s love for the Lord as well. Luke will name her first among the women who accompany Jesus and his disciples in their mission of preaching the Kingdom. In John’s gospel, Mary stands at the foot of the cross and goes alone to his grave. She not only esteems Jesus’ goodness but also possesses the valor to be identified with him.
Mary really serves as a model for all Christians. All of us, as again Luke describes her, have been exorcised of the demons of rebelliousness and self-righteousness. All of us are called to follow Jesus which will only move us to love him more. All of us are urged to proclaim Jesus’ new life, which is ours, by acts of selfless love.