“Today is the feast of Saint Mary Magdalene:
1) She never abandoned Jesus, as most other disciples did.
2) In John’s gospel it is to her that the Risen Christ appears first.
3) In the time between the Risen One appearing to her and her proclaiming the resurrection ￼to the other disciples, Mary Magdalene was the church on earth, for only to her had been revealed the full Paschal mystery￼.
4) She is known as the ‘Apostle to the Apostles.’
5) She was NOT a prostitute.
James Martin, SJ