Posted by: fvbcdm | April 22, 2014

Easter Tuesday (22 April 2014)

The gospel for the Mass of Tuesday of the Easter Week focuses upon Saint Mary Magdalen and her coming to know and rejoice over the resurrection of her beloved Lord.

There are a number of things I’d like to point out to you about this remarkable woman. First, she has been claimed by our Dominican Order as one of our official patron saints because she was the one who announced to the apostles that Jesus had risen. This is the best of all good news, and the one who first bears it to others is certainly an apostle. Since Saint Dominic wanted his Order to be an Order of Preachers, we are happy to claim this woman who preached to the apostles the fact that Christ is risen, the basis of all Christian preaching.

Then, there has always been some confusion down through the ages between Saint Mary Magdalen and the Mary of Bethany who poured expensive perfume over the feet of Jesus on the Saturday night before his passion, and then wiped them with her hair. This latter Mary was the sister of Martha and Lazarus, but she and Mary Magdalen are not the same person. When you visit southern France you will find many shrines and churches dedicated to these three people—Mary, Martha, and Lazarus—and they usually call that Mary “Mary Magdalen”, due to a mistake made back in the middle ages. Saint Mary Magdalen had been possessed by devils whom Jesus cast out of her. It was she who stood with Our Lady and Saint John the Evangelist at the foot of the cross, showing her courage, since those who dared to associate themselves with Jesus ran the risk of meeting the same fate that he did. And it is she who is the first recorded as seeing Our Lord after his rising from the tomb.

Recently a novel has been written called “The DaVinci Code,” in which Mary Magdalen is shown as marrying Our Lord and the two of them having children. And as usual, there are people who read things like that and take them seriously. I have never understood why so many Catholics never read any good, solid religious matter, but if a Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness or a Seventh-Day Adventist gives them some piece of their anti-Catholic literature, they will read that and get all upset by it. Wherever you live, you probably have at least one good Catholic bookstore in your area (we have several fine Catholic bookstores in the New Orleans area); there you can find truth. You will not find it in the stuff given to you by the evangelicals who go door to door, trying to destroy the faith of Catholics and convert them to their own denominations. And sadly, sometimes they succeed. Thousands of uneducated Catholics in the Latin American countries are being led astray by the evangelical missionaries, and leaving truth for falsehood. “The DaVinci Codes” is a novel; it has no claim to be truth, and we certainly should not take it seriously. If we stick to the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we will not be in danger of being led into error and away from the one and only church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago

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