Visiting Dcn. Dodger’s Blog, as I usually do.
I came across this Wonderful Post about St. Mary Magdalene. And the Image he has for her is one of the better that I have seen.
She is sadly usually portrayed seductively or crying. And this truly bothers me. Allow me to explain why with TONS of help from Catholic.net en Español.
Maria Magdalena appears various times throughout the Gospels. She holds the first place among the women that accompanied Jesus (Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:47, Luke 8:2); she is present during the Passion (Mark 15:40) and at the Foot of the Cross with Jesus’ and Our Mother, Mary (John 19:25); she witnesses the Burial of Our Lord (Mark 15:47); she arrives before Peter and the rest to the Tomb on Easter Morning (John 20: 1-2); she is the First to whom Our Resurrected Lord appears (Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:9, John 20:14), even though she does not recognize Him (John 20:15); she is sent to be Apostle to the Apostles (John 20:18). And Both Mark and Luke tell us that Jesus had driven “seven demons” from her (Mark 16:9, Luke 8:2).
Now, there’s Mary of Bethany, Lazarus and Martha’s Sister. This Mary appears at the resurrection of her Brother (John 11); anoints the Lord with the perfumed oil and dries His feet with her hair (John 11:2, 12:3); sits and listens to the Lord and takes the Better Part while her Sister works (Luke 10:38-42).
Finally, there’s a Third Character. The Sinful Woman that bathes the Lord’s feet with her Tears and Wiped them with her hair in Simon the Pharisee’s House (Luke 7: 36-50).
You may argue that these three women are the SAME Mary Magdalene.
Mary of Bethany and the Sinful Woman both anointed the Lord’s feet (Although, they ARE Different situations).
Then there’s the seven demons, which could be a Grave Sin. Luke did mention Mary Magdalene (Luke 8: 1-2) in the following chapter after speaking of the Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50).
And then, Luke also speaks of Mary of Bethany later on (Luke 10). So, one may be tempted to say that these women are all the Same Woman.
But, NOT So…and here’s why…
There’s no reason to associate John’s narrative to Luke’s. There exist very different details.
For example, in Luke’s narrative, the Sinful Woman is in Simon the Pharisee’s House. There is an explicit reference to this woman’s Sins. But Matthew, Mark and John speak of the Anointing in A Simon’s house (John does not mention the owner of the house, just that Martha served and that Lazarus was present), they speak of the monetary value of the Perfumed Oil, without ONCE mentioning the SINS of the woman. Only John offers us the woman’s name with the Perfumed Oil.
Now, the “Seven Demons” do not mean MANY Sins, Luke explains just words before that some women “had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities.”
So there you have it!
Now you know why I have NO IMAGE of Sta. Maria Magdalena. Because I could not find one the “Fit” the Sta. Maria Magdalena I grew up with. She was a Strong Apostle named Maria Magdalena. She was never confused with the Sinful Woman. She was and is the Apostle of the Apostles.