Today we hear that wonderful story about how God grants Solomon wisdom. He tells Solomon that he gives him everything if he keeps the commandments. It all starts so great but later Solomon turns his back towards God. The life with God is not always an easy one. And there is no guarantee that you will not fall from Grace, like Salomon eventually did. Having the Holy Spirit, a discerning mind like Salomon or being born again, does not save you if you do not have a humble mind. Humble enough to repent and return to God when you go of track.
Today we celebrate the feast of one of the most faithful disciples of Our Lord: Saint Mary Magdalene. Luke tells us that she was one of the women who had followed Jesus and ministered to him in Galilee. She was faithful to the bitter end. She remained faithful in his suffering and death. And even in death her love for him didn’t stop. She went to the grave with the other women and was the first one that the Risen Lord appeared to. According to Mark there were three women at the tomb, but it was to Mary that the risen Christ first appeared. Though scholars think that part was not in the original text. And in the gospel of John we hear how she was the first to be given a message to deliver to the other disciples by the risen Lord, thus making her the Apostle to the apostles (Apostola Apostolorum). Some traditions also call her “Equal to the Apostle’s”. An APOSTLE is someone that encountered the risen Christ and received a commission to preach the good news of his resurrection! Mary Magdalene definitely fits that description. That makes her a Saint besides all the other qualities that fit her. But some people in history, made from her a prostitute, which she was not. Some even say she was a high priestess, of the temple of Ishtar, a worshipper of false gods. That is all speculation because from scripture we know only that Jesus drove out “seven demons” from her. So why those negative stories about this great Saint?