Mary Magdalene

Wednesday, July 22

Mary Magdalene

FEAST DAY

She was one of the most faithful follower of Jesus. According to New Testament reports, she was healed from seven evil spirits (Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2). According to the passion and resurrection stories of the first three gospels, she appears at the tomb of Jesus along with other women, while John’s gospel has her there on her own.

Later traditions identified her with the sinful woman (Luke 7:36-50) and some tried to connect her with Mary from Bethany.

According to a legend from the 11th/13th century, she concluded her life in Provence (Southeastern France). A Greek tradition knows her tomb in Ephesus, from where her remains were transferred to Constantinople in 899.