HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – MARCH 8, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: PEOPLE OF FAITH
Compiled by Holy Heretic/ Freelance Agent Benjamin Foster
“The one who is consistently there is Mary Magdalene. She has a real experience of the risen Christ.” -Mary Joan Leith
Mary Magdalene, Mary the Magdalene, or Mary of Magdala, was a Jewish woman who, according to the New Testament, followed Jesus spiritually, in philosophy, and on his travels. Mary is said to have been witness to Jesus’ crucifixion first hand and two days later to have been the first person to see Jesus after the resurrection, making Mary Magdalene, along with Jesus’ mother, one of only two people, both women, to have been present at the time of two of Christianity’s most important historical events. In the gospels, Mary is distinguished from two other Mary’s who followed Jesus, his mother, and Mary (the wife of Clopas), with the addition of “Magdalene” or “the Magdalene,” indicating her importance to the New Testament’s narrative.
Mary Magdalene is mentioned within the four gospels at least twelve times, more instances than most of the apostles. Though, it is speculated that seven demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene by Jesus, contrary to Mary’s portrayal in western Christianity, no evidence is found in the New Testament to indicate Mary Magdalene’s speculated repentance from prostitution or promiscuousness. Perhaps more integral to the story of Christianity than the main stream church would have us believe, the life of Mary Magdalene was one of a woman of faith, dedicated to her spirituality, and key witness to two of Christian history’s most important happening.
Today’s Action: Mary Magdalene lived a life of faith based upon her own spirituality and followed that faith where ever God took her. Today, take a moment to examine your own faith and how much it influences the life you’re living.
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