The Witness of Mary Magdalene

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How can you be sure that the resurrection was real?  Her name is Mary Magdalene.  So where to start? She was a woman of ill repute, a notori0us sinner and she was a woman, for crying out loud!  What reasonable person of the first century would believe that Jesus was risen based on testimony from her?

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.

The apostles believed Mary.  They believed because they were witnesses of her transformation from a sinner to a cherished disciple of the Lord.  She is one of the most remarkable women of all time.  Because of her, subsequent generations have come to believe in the truth of the resurrection.

Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us.

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