Mary Magdalen
        July 22                                                                                                                       Patron:
                                                                                                Penitent sinners
MARY of Magdala was known to all as "The Sinner." She felt deep sorrow for her sins.  She went to dinner that Jesus was invited to and she washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and poured rich perfume upon them.
Simon, who invited Jesus, was thinking: "If this man is a prophet, He would know who this woman is."
Jesus said to him, "I came into your house and you did not give Me water to wash My feet, but this woman washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Her many sins are forgiven because she has loved Me very much."
Then Jesus said to Mary, "Your sins are forgiven. Your faith saved you. Go in peace."
Because Mary Magdalen was thankful, she followed Jesus everywhere and helped Him in His needs.
After His Resurrection, our Lord appeared to her first and said, "Mary."
She answered, "My Master!"
O God, it was St. Mary Magdalen before all others that Your Son committed the message of Easter joy. Through her intercession, may we proclaim Christ as our living Lord and one day contemplate Him reigning in glory.
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