Saint Mary Magdalene is our May Biblical Role Model

This month’s Characteristic of a Christian Steward is Devotion as was lived out by Saint Mary Magdalene.

 

by Deacon Tim Sullivan

Aside from his mother, there was probably no one more devoted to Jesus than Mary Magdalene. She consistently expressed her adoration for Christ, even at great personal risk.

Mary Magdalene was among the group of women who accompanied Jesus and the disciples as they journeyed from town to town. Mary is identified as one from whom seven demons had been driven out.

In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene manifested her intense devotion to Jesus by anointing the feet of Jesus with perfumed oil and then drying His feet with her hair.

While all the apostles except John abandoned Jesus at his crucifixion, Mary Magdalene was among the group of women at the foot of the cross. She was the first recorded witness of the resurrection. According to John’s resurrection account, Mary went alone to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark. Discovering that the stone had been removed from the tomb, she raced to Simon Peter and John to tell them Jesus had been taken from the tomb. The three returned to the tomb.

After Peter and John left, Mary Magdalene remained at the tomb, weeping. Two angels were there, too, and then Jesus Himself appeared. She didn’t recognize Him until He called out to her, “Mary!” to which she replied, “Rabbouni,” which meant Teacher. Jesus then told her that despite her great love of Him, she had to let Him go, so that He could ascend to the Father.

The example of Mary Magdalene teaches us that service begins with devotion, with adoration. As long as we worship Jesus and glorify Him, we will be content and at peace with anything Jesus asks us to do.

Ruth’s example confirms that our loyalty to those entrusted to us enables us to fulfill God’s plan for our lives and the lives of others.

 

 

Stewardship Service Challenges

Week 1:  Mary Magdalene reminds us that service begins with love and devotion.  The lyrics from The Summons, “Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?” reflect her closeness and constant devotion to Christ.

This week, chose a person, a cause, or an organization that you admire or support and do something to demonstrate your devotion to it through a specific action. For example, treat a person who has no family in town to a visit or meal, volunteer to spend some time with an organization you admire, or contribute to a cause with your money or your time.

Week 2:  Mary Magdalene reminds us that service begins with love and devotion. The lyrics from The Summons, “Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?” reflect her closeness and constant devotion to Christ.

This week, show the women in your lives who mother you by their actions, prayers, or loyalty that you appreciate their devotion to you and to all the others they mentor by their devotion to God.

Week 3:  Mary Magdalene reminds us that service begins with love and devotion. The lyrics from The Summons, “Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?” reflect her closeness and constant devotion to Christ.

This week, challenge yourself to show your devotion to God by praying an additional hour over the course of the week. Listen to the ways God answers prayer in you as you pour out your heart to Him.

Week 4:  Mary Magdalene reminds us that service begins with love and devotion. The lyrics from The Summons, “Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?” reflect her closeness and constant devotion to Christ.

This week of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Lord, as Christ returns to the Father, think about ways you can demonstrate your devotion by returning to God what he has graciously given you. Put your thoughts into action to show your devotion for all He has given you.

 

 

FORMED.org Resources
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May 7    
1. God’s Mighty Servant Sister Pascalina Lehnert:  Secretary of Pope Pius XII  (movie)
May 14
1. The 13th Day (movie)
2. Finding Fatima (movie)
May 21
1. St. Philip Neri   (movie)
May 28
1. Joan of Arc   (movie)

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