Today in the Church Calendar is the Feast of St Mary Magdalene
Though the identification of Magdalene with the woman taken in adultery is unbiblical, it makes a good story, so I have gone with tradition, rather then the true Gospel reading. The picture is Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565).
Hear the song
My name is Mary And I come from Magdala And many a young man Has shared my bed. The life I led It drove me crazy I had seven devils In my head. The priests and elders They came and took me And they condemned me To my death. So pay attention And I'll tell my story If the good Lord spares me And gives me breath. We met a good man Down by the roadside They meant to trap him And catch him out. They said this woman Was caught in sin and The law is certain. There is no doubt. We mean to stone her, To execute her. If you're a good man Then you'll agree. So must she die As the law provides Or would you rather We set her free? He sat in silence And then he answered: It seemed to me that My death was sure: The penalty Permits no mercy, So throw your stones If your life is pure. If you can say that Before Jehovah, That you have never Committed sin, Then you are worthy To stand in judgement On this young woman, So now begin. They stood uncertain, Looked at each other, And silently they Stole away. He said: Is no one Left to condemn you? Then neither do I, But this I say: Your life needs changing, And rearranging. You have been given The right to live. For God has saved you From condemnation, And my salvation Is what I give. Now he was followed By 12 disciples And Judas was The name of one. He was a hard man And bitter with it, A trusted servant When said and done. He kept the money And oversaw it, So we could eat And pay the bills. Important work as We roamed the country To seek and cure The people's ills. I had a jar that Was made of marble And precious perfume Filled the jar. I raised it up and I poured the perfume All upon this Good man's hair. But Judas scolded, He was so angry. He said we could have Sold the jar. To feed the poor Who were so hungry: A silly woman, That's what you are! But Jesus smiled And he said this woman Has done a very Lovely thing. The poor are with you And always will be Until my kingdom Returns again. But I am with you For a brief moment And must return To my Father's side. So thank you, Mary, You shall be blessèd And see me first When I'm glorified. Now Judas turned And he proved a traitor And he sold my Master For thirty coins. They nailed him up On a cross so cruel And there he died Between two thieves. When he was buried The tomb was opened, The corpse had vanished Into the night. I came to seek him But none could find him Till the whole garden Was filled with light. I saw a young man Sat by the entrance His face was radiant Like the sun. I said young man Have you stole the body? Come tell me plainly What you have done. He answered: Mary, And my heart leapt, For I could hear My Master's voice. I ran to where The 12 were hiding And cried: He lives, So let's rejoice. They were amazed, Could not believe That God could open The gates of death. They called me foolish Continued weeping And yet I knew that I told the truth. He came and met them, Ate breakfast with them And all were changed by Refining fire. From that day forth The good news grows And flames of freedom Are rising higher.They say a woman Led men astray When Adam took the Fruit from Eve. But each of us Must take the blame For what we do: This I believe. Remember this: It was a woman Who blessed the Lord And saw him die. And when he rose She was the first To see his glory Fill the sky.
For one of the “Magdalene” chapters in my novel, Witnesses to Glory, click HERE
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