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The Memorial of the Magdalene

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Today is the Memorial of the Magdalene. The reading from Exodus 20:1-7 is about the Ten Words given to the people of Israel in the context of a Covenant struck at Sinai with Moses as Mediator. Later, Jesus will say that He came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. He will demand from his disciples a righteousness that is higher than that of the Pharisees. The two-fold commandment of love — Love God above all, and love your neighbor as yourself — summarizes the Ten Words and gives it a meaning that can only be understood in the light of God’s love revealed in and through the Cross of Christ.

The Gospel reading may be taken either from John 21 which narrates the encounter of Mary with the Risen Lord, or the continuation of the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. In the selection from Matthew 13:18-23, Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower as an allegory of the way the proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven is received by four different kinds of people.

Links to Mary Magdalene

There are many other articles on the web about Mary Magdalene. Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code has captured the imagination of a lot of people. There are now those who think that Mary Magdalene may be the Feminine God of Christianity and Judaism. In the Da Vinci Code, Mary Magdalene is the Holy Grail who bears the children of Jesus. The Gnostics have long imagined her to be the wife of Christ. The Nazarene Way, and the group that runs Magdalene.ORG promotes the idea that the Magdalene was something more than what we know about her from the Gospels.

The Gospels point to Mary Magdalene as an important witness to the Resurrection. Apart from what we find in John 21 and the resurrection narratives in Mark, Luke and Matthew, no details are given about her except that Jesus drove away seven demons from her and that she was one of those who accompanied Jesus.

Exodus 20:1-7
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1And the Lord spoke all these words:
2I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
4Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.
5Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:
6And shewing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain.
Matthew 13:18-23
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18Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.
19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, there cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he that received the seed by the way side.
20And he that received the seed upon stony ground, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy.
21Yet hath he not root in himself, but is only for a time: and when there ariseth tribulation and persecution because of the word, he is presently scandalized.
22And he that received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choketh up the word, and he becometh fruitless.
23But he that received the seed upon good ground, is he that heareth the word, and understandeth, and beareth fruit, and yieldeth the one an hundredfold, and another sixty, and another thirty.

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