Thursday, July 22, 2010
Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us!
St. Mary Magdalene is one of the patronesses of the Dominican Order, probably because she is the “apostle to the apostles”—the woman who first met Jesus in the garden of the Resurrection and ran to tell His disciples that He was alive! We find this commentary in the Catena Aurea of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Through this woman, who was eminently steadfast in finding out about the burial place of Christ, is prefigured every person who yearns to know divine truth and is therefore well-disposed to pass on the knowledge of such a grace to others, just as Mary announced it to the disciples so that she could not be reprimanded for hiding her talent…God has not granted us this joy in order for you to hide it in the recesses of your hearts, but to share it with those who are capable of love…” She is a great patroness especially for the Dominican nuns, because through our life of prayer and contemplation we meet the living Christ and then tell our brothers and sisters about the encounter. May we all have the courage to be fearless preachers of the Good News of Jesus Christ