Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Feast of Mary Magdalene - July 22

Today marks the celebratory Feast of Mary Magdalene in honor of the first woman apostle also known as the Apostles' Apostle.

I've often wondered about the symbolism of the Magdalene depicted with a skull and open book in her paintings.  Is it symbolic of going beyond the hardheaded skull of so-called concrete thinking in order to open The Book of Life?

The human brain is not the key to eternity. The answer lies beyond the physical into the realm of Infinite Mind that cannot be confined to gray matter housed in a finite skull.  Interesting that Golgotha, the crucifixion hill was shaped like a skull. 

In the book, The Gospel of Mary Magdala, Jesus and the First Woman Apostle , Karen L. King writes: As the Savior said, "Where the mind is, there is the treasure." (Gospel of Mary 7:4) In the Gospel of Mary, the mind is the most divine part of the self, that which links it with God.  The mind rules and leads the soul, so that when the mind is directed toward God, it purifies and directs the soul toward spiritual attainment."

The unborn chick pent up in a tight hard shell must peck its way out of the dark. And when it does, the view is like nothing it has seen before. An expanded awareness takes hold as it evolves to become what God created.   

So, it is with us. We are being birthed into a higher consciousness that always has and always will be the Truth, regardless of what little thoughts our brains conjure up.  Our identity is spiritual, not physical. Each adversity can become an impetus to peck away harder on the shell of materiality to break free from limitation. 

Angels hover near in thought bringing God's pure messages of Divine Love.  In stillness, we can feel their peaceful, loving presence, as shown in the painting of Mary Magdalene in the desert. How reassuring to know that when we feel most vulnerable, alone, exiled from the world that provisions are already in place.  God's angels abide with us.  They are only a thought away, ready to comfort, protect and guide.  

Like Mary, in great despair that first Easter morning, she stooped down to look for her savior's body but found it not in an empty tomb.  Weeping, she stood up and turned around to face a gardener.   It isn't until he calls her by name that Mary recognizes her beloved Rabboni, the risen Christ! What unfathomable joy!  Her darkest hour has suddenly become the brightest dawn of a  new life.  Victory over death.

At the height of summer, The Feast of Magdalene's Day is a great time to spend in the "garden"  reflecting on how our darkest hours have and will unfold into a joyful resurrection, the dawn of a new day unfolding a higher view of Life.  Rejoice.  All is well.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

(Artwork: Wikimedia Commons:  Piola, Magdalene in the Desert
Mary Magdalene with the egg, Richard Stodart)