For the past week, there are three words that have been ringing in my ears and chasing around in my mind, trying to find their root somewhere in my being. These three words have haunted me for many, many years, but have become even more present thanks to a spiritual journey in which I had the recent gift of participating. The words spoken directly to me were:
Be the Magdalene!
I believe these words are for me, AND I believe they are for a great number of women and men who have been touched by the person of the Magdalene and perhaps by her very intimate presence. If you are reading this blog and these words pull at your heartstrings or strike within you a chord of remembrance, you are indeed one of those people!
It has been my experience, that the men and women for whom these words are intended, bear some strikingly similar characteristics and interests:
You have a close, intimate, familiar relationship with Jesus, or you long to have this relationship.
You have had direct, personal experiences of Jesus through your meditation, imagination and prayer.
You have a feeling of having known Jesus in a very real, lived experience – like you walked with him as one of his disciples.
You yearn to know more of Jesus, specifically, you want to know the REAL Jesus, not the one cooked up in someone else’s doctrine.
- You seem to have an intuitive sense about certain Church teachings as being wrong or inaccurate.
Your relationship with Jesus may border on romantic (and you find yourself drawn to images of “Hot Jesus”).
The Jesus you know is one of compassion and love, with a little bit of fiery passion.
The knowledge that you have of Jesus and his teachings came through your own direct experiences with Jesus, or on meditative reflection on scripture – again, not through someone else’s doctrine (though it may have started there).
You have had a strong sense that Mary Magdalene played a much bigger role in Jesus’ life and ministry than how it is portrayed in canonical scripture.
You intuitively feel/felt that Mary Magdalene was NOT the adulterous or sinful woman as some have interpreted her as being.
- You may have found books on the Magdalene falling into your hands, or you pursued them yourself (recommended reading list below!).
You might believe that Mary Magdalene and Jesus had more than just a teacher/disciple relationship, that she may even have been Jesus’ wife and that she may have co-ministered beside him.
When you read DaVinci Code, your response was, “DUH!” 🙂
In this life, you find yourself drawn toward mysticism, contemplative prayer, healing and service.
If you live in the Western world, the way you desire to live your life differs markedly from traditional Western values. Status, money, power, fame, wealth, the accumulation of things are not of interest to you.
If much of the above resonates with you, then congratulations, you have received the call of the Magdalene, and I share this with you today because it is time for the Magdalenes to wake up! It is time for those who have been called by the Magdalene to BE THE MAGDALENE! Now you may ask, what does that mean? What does it mean to BE THE MAGDALENE? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog to find out! In the meantime, below is a recommended reading list to get you started! 🙂
By Jean-Yves LeLoup:
The Gospel of Mary, The Gospel of Philip, The Gospel of Thomas, The Sacred Embrace
By Karen L. King:
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala
By Violet MacDermot:
The Fall of Sophia
By Susan Haskins:
Mary Magdalene – Myth and Metaphor