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Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles

Each year on July 22nd, the Catholic Church honors Saint Mary Magdalene, one of the most prominent and discussed figures in the New Testament. Known as the "Apostle to the Apostles," Mary Magdalene's role in the early Church goes beyond simply a follower of Jesus; she is a pivotal figure in the resurrection story and a profound example of redemption and discipleship.

Mary Magdalene's story is deeply intertwined with the life of Jesus. She is first mentioned as a woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons, symbolizing deep spiritual healing. From that point onward, she dedicated her life to following Christ, becoming a witness to His crucifixion, burial, and, most importantly, His resurrection.

Scripture highlights Mary Magdalene’s role on Easter morning. She was the first to visit Jesus' tomb and, finding it empty, received the angelic message of His resurrection. It was Mary who first encountered the Risen Christ and was commissioned to announce this good news to the disciples, earning her the title "Apostle to the Apostles." This unique role underscores her crucial position in Christianity's foundational events and marks her as a primary witness to the most central tenet of Christian faith: Jesus’ resurrection.

Saint Mary Magdalene's feast day is not just a celebration of her life and witness but also a moment to reflect on her example of steadfast faith and devotion. Despite societal norms of her time, she was a leader among early Christians, challenging traditional roles and expectations of women in her society.

Her journey from darkness to light, from torment to profound peace through Christ, offers hope and inspiration. It reminds us of the transformative power of Jesus' love and the importance of bearing witness to the truth. Her example encourages all Christians, especially women, to take active roles in their faith communities.

As we celebrate her feast day, let us embrace Mary Magdalene’s example of discipleship: her bravery, her evangelical spirit, and her unwavering faith. May her story inspire us to seek Christ in our lives and proclaim His resurrection with joy and confidence, just as she did.

Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us.