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November 1, 2009

Magdalene Novena: Day 2

Magdalene, by Bernini, 1661 (Image Source)

Meditation:Three Women and the Lord by Adrienne von Spyer

At some point in the Gospel we come across the name of Mary Magdalene for the first time. The very occurrence of a name in the Gospel indicates a connection with the Lord, whether the person referred to has come to believe in the Lord or was simply the occasion for some action on Jesus’ part; even in opposing the Lord or falling away, the person concerned points to him. There is a kind of ruthlessness in the way Scripture portrays even the most intimate disciples of the Lord, indicating the Lord’s divinity more directly, perhaps, than anything else. God alone can appropriate men in such a way, can deal thus with their destiny, their reputation, their dignity, revealing them like exhibits to the Church and the world. The Lord balances this ruthlessness with his redeeming love. Here is it Magdalene who is exposed to the public gaze in this way. She is described once and for all as the disciple out of whom the Lord drove seven demons.

Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion
became the beloved of Jesus,
thank you for your witness
that Jesus forgives
through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness
in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some day
I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

Our Father.
Hail Mary.
Glory Be.

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