I resonate with Mary Magdalene and lean on her as a guide quite a bit. You know why? Because no matter what the hell her “story” is – she’s one interesting lady. A real thriver, chock full of New Life in the midst of indisputable intensity in one of the world’s most famous narratives. I got to know some aspects of her fairly well when I went on a pilgrimage to her (alleged) home in south France. I’ve read a few books about her and of course I’ve read her accounts in the Bible. I mean, who knows, right? Whatever mythology you believe about the gal one thing remains – Mary Magdalene is definitely one to explore.
Let’s speculate for a hot second that she was a prostitute (as some pope somewhere in the annals of history re-positioned her in the story). She washed Jesus’ feet with her hair in a moment of supreme humility. Okay fine. So Jesus hung out with a prostitute. Cool, isn’t that His whole modus operandi? To have an open heart for all of us? Like literally, isn’t that what the whole entire New Testament is about? To Love? In a new Way? Have you heard the Good News? Anyone?
Let’s speculate that she was a wealthy Egyptian priestess and His Tantric consort. (Spicy!) Must be real challenging to watch your Holy Lover be nailed to a cross. My heart aches for any pain that must have manifested in her. And she wept, I’m sure of it. (Holy shit, can you even…?!)
Let’s say she really did get shoved on a boat and sent out into the Mediterranean Sea with their purported child (a daughter) and a few others including His Mother. (This mythology is a Whole Thing, buyer beware. Thank you Dan Brown.) And let’s say she really did end up on the shores of south France only to live in a little seaside town where she was a real stranger in a strange land. And then go on to meditate in a cave on and off for thirty more years… Dang, straight up, she’s been through a ton, amiright?
But hang on. Let’s step back and simplify and acknowledge what we can all agree upon straight from the biblical texts. Let’s say that she really was His devoted disciple (Mark 16:9). That she did in fact see Him die (John19:25-26). And that He revealed His risen self to her – before all others (John 20:11). Because that little detail is really important – no matter what plot line you’re attached to. He showed His risen Self to her first and she told the others who told the world. Jesus Lives! She truly is the OG apostle to the apostles…
Whichever story you buy into, each and every one of these plot lines points to a woman who has been through tremendous suffering. Each one of these stories manufactures a woman who is misunderstood, even when you think you know her. All the narratives point to this: Mary Magdalene was a woman who held fast to her faith that the way of the open heart is the Way. Even through crucifixion. Even through humiliation. Even through anything anyone could say about her (erroneously or not) even centuries later. This is a historically verified woman (she really existed) who clearly knew deep pain and yet has served and still serves, quite literally, as a Beacon of Light through the centuries to right now, to this very moment. She does for me anyway.
And yet she's complicated. Which I can see so clearly because I am also a complicated woman, but then aren't we all? (With full transparency, I’m one of those Scorpio types (a quintuple!), which translates to: I won’t bore you with my mysterious details. Listen to the UFToO podcast to get a whiff. Up to you. Shrug.) Point is, I resonate deeply with this complicated sister-guide from the Bible, Mary Magdalene. Whatever it is I’m going through, I just have to lean in to Mary's energy and suddenly whatever nonsense I’m wrestling with becomes navigable again. There’s always a Way through. And the Way is the Heart. Just like Jesus taught. And that friends, simplifies everything.
There’s a grotto being built in town that will be open a couple of days before my birthday. It's devoted to Mary Magdalene and her living spirit. It’s a pop up deal, one night only I think, and alas I cannot attend because I have another commitment that evening. But you? If you're still actually reading this? Oh, honey you should totally check it out (be sure to reserve a spot!) if you’re interested. It looks amazing. In fact, I’d love a full report. Coffee’s on me. There's a little email symbol at the very bottom of this page, just click that. Now you know how to reach me.
May it be so.
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