Happy Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day, July 22! Notice from these passages in the Gospels that Mary Magdalene is :
- Witness at the Cross
- At the tomb
- Witness/Apostle to the Resurrection (the first to see the Risen Jesus)
- In some traditions, she is exorcised of demons by Jesus – and she may have been among the women who supported Jesus financially
Here are the relevant passages:
MARK 15:40, 47:
After death of Jesus and revelation of Jesus as Son of God, Mary Magdalene comes on the scene as WITNESS
39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[c] he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,[d] and Salome.
See also Matthew 27:56
Then Mary Magdalene sees where Jesus is laid in the tomb:
46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
See also Matthew 27:61
BURIAL : ANOINTING
Mark 16:1, 9:Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.
FIRST WITNESS TO RESURRECTION
16:9: When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.
See also Matthew 28:1
And Luke 8:2
This verse elaborates on Mary Magdalene’s exorcism: She is accompanying Jesus, perhaps among those women who provide for Jesus financially (8:3)
8:2 “as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out”
Luke 8:1-3 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[a] out of their resources.
The Gospel of John elaborates the role of Mary Magdalene:
At the cross:
John 19:25 – “And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”
At the tomb, where she meets the Risen Jesus
John 20:1 “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.”
(John omits burial anointing by Mary but includes tomb scene– see the entire dialogue in John 20)
John 20:11 “But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb”
Witness to the Risen Jesus
John 20:18: “Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.