Mary Magdalene’s example

Each day for me starts with Common Worship Morning Prayer. It’s a lot of words for 8am but I am amazed as I look back and discover how these words, and the practice of gathering for prayer, has sustained be over the last two years. Today, in our prayer, we remembered Mary Magdalene. Tradition tells us that Mary Magdalene was one of the most important women who traveled with Jesus. She was the leader of a group of women disciples who followed Jesus, and interestingly is one that stays around at the foot of the cross when all the male disciples disappear in fear! She was also thought of as being special by Jesus as he chose to appear to her before anyone else after his resurrection.  

In our New Testament reading this morning we read these words from LUke chapter 8:

Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.

The two highlighted  words caught my attention. Jesus proclaimed and brought the good news. They are two distinct actions. I hear a lot about proclaiming the good news but hear very little about bringing good news. I wonder if that is because talking about something is always very much easier than being and doing the very thing being spoken of?

In the example of Mary Magdalene today I wonder whether we have an example of a person who was able to live out the reality of proclaiming and bringing good news. Her life backed up her words. When things got tough she did not disappear. At Jesus’ time of need on the cross was Mary Magdalene good news to him? Surely, a friendly face, even a friendly face in pain and anguish at what she was seeing was a welcome sight after everyone else had deserted him?

It seems that Mary, more so than the other disciples, had a greater understanding of what it meant to follow Jesus; that being good news is something about ‘being there’ even when it hurts and you put yourself at risk. 

I have found the character of Mary Magdalene a challenge to me today.

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