July 22, St. Mary Magdalene
Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory. — Exodus 15:1
Mass Readings: Exodus 14:5-18/John 20:1-2, 11-18
Mary Magdalene has been subjected to any number of misinterpretations ranging from a sixth-century sermon by Pope Gregory that called her a prostitute to recent novels portraying her as Jesus’ wife. In truth, we know very little about her except that Jesus cast “seven demons” out of her.
What those “demons” were is debatable. I like to think that some were mental disorders like anxiety, panic, or depression. Certainly anyone who suffers from such illnesses (or knows someone who does) is aware of how debilitating they can be and how they can feel like actual “demons.” No matter what Mary suffered from, asking for her help in seeking healing from those things that prevent us from living a full and abundant life is a very good idea.
Prayer: Dear Mary Magdalene, pray for me that I might accept Jesus’ healing in my life.
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