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Meditating on @rachelheldevans blog from last Easter Sunday: The Women of Holy Week Part 5: Mary Sees The Risen Lord

"Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: 'I have seen the Lord!'" —John 20:18 The story of how Mary Magdalene became known as a prostitute is a complicated one. One of at least six Marys that followed Jesus as a disciple, she was distinguished from the others through identification with her hometown of Magdala, a fishing village off the coast of the Sea of Galilee. According to the gospels of Mark and Luke, Jesus cleansed Mary of seven demons, after which Mary became a devoted disciple, often mentioned by Luke in the same context as the Twelve. In 597 Pope Gregory the Great delivered a homily on Luke’s gospel in which he combined Mary Magdalene with Mary of Bethany (Martha’s sister), suggesting that this Mary was the same woman who wept at Jesus’ feet in Luke 7, and that one of the seven demons Jesus excised from her was sexual immorality. The idea caught on an...

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