O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Behold the Magdalene and Offer Thy Spikenard

Come O Sinner and behold the example of St. Mary Magdalene. She defiled her virginal body with the greatest of sins and became notorious for her life of obsessively pursuing all the world's empty pleasures for many years and having no relationship with God. But God still claimed her as His lost sheep1 and softening her heart, had His feet washed with the tears of her repentance, fully regretting everything she ever did to hurt her Divine Lord, and dried with her hair and received from her the sweetest perfume of spikenard to anoint His sacred feet, which were soon to be pierced on the Holy and Life-Giving Cross for the forgiveness of her great many sins.2 Faithfully, she stood by Him as He poured Himself out to the Father for her and the rest of His Bride, the Church.3 So much was she converted, so much did she regret every last one of her sins, so much did she do penance for all of her sins, that she was given the grace of being the first witness of the Resurrection, the Apostle to the Apostles, being charged to tell the chosen twelve of the Lord's rising with great mercy for the world.4 Arise, arise O Sinner and repent of thy sins. Arise, arise and utter a canticle, that by anointing the Lord's feet with thy repentance thou mightest be anointed by Him with the oil of gladness above thy brethren.5

1Mt 18:11-14
2Jn 12:1-8
3Jn 19:25
4Jn 20:11-18
5Ps 44:8