Mary Magdalene (a 6-word story)

Mary yearns to see Jesus’ face.

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Author’s Note: Who was Mary Magdalene, exactly? I’ve always been intrigued by her, and I’ve been listening to an audiobook that has taught me more about her. The book is called The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, and in the book, the author claims Mary was not only a disciple of Jesus, but the one who most understood his teachings. Bourgeault largely bases these claims in later Christian Gnostic writings discovered in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Mary’s own gospel.

This was all news to me, as I had been under the assumption that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This erroneous claim was apparently started by Pope Gregory I in the sixth century during a series of Easter Sermons he delivered, according to Wikipedia. Learning more about Mary from The Wisdom Jesus has been refreshing to me, adding a new feminist take on Jesus and his teachings.

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons – Noli me tangere. Fresco in Lower Basilica in Assisi)

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