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Today is a very special day in the Church Calendar. On July 22 we remember Mary of Magdala.

In the Gospel of Luke, Mary Magdalene is one of the women whom Luke identifies as being a committed supporter of Jesus. Jesus had cast out seven demons which had been tormenting Mary and forever after Mary did all she could to express her thanksgiving at being set free by Jesus. She, and the other women whom Jesus had healed, accompanied Jesus and his male disciples on their tour of the cities and villages of Galilee and supported them from their own resources.

Mary Magdalene is the first person to see the Risen Lord Jesus on Easter Day. Indeed she is the first Apostle because Jesus sends her to tell the other disciples that he has been raised from the dead and is alive for ever. One of the lessons we learn from Mary Magdalene is that Jesus treats all people with respect and loving concern for their eternal well-being. Our response is to thankfully follow and serve Jesus to the best of our ability.

Bible Reading: Luke 8:1-3; John 20:1-18