In the Gospel of Philip, Levi says, “The Lord loved Mary more than all the disciples, and often used to kiss her on the mouth.”
Love and grief sharpens our understanding of the bond we have with one another. In the Canonical Gospels we learn Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, because of her great love, and her great grief. There is no doubt that Mary and Jesus had a special bond. We need to see Jesus through her eyes to truly understand Christ’s message to us.
“There were three who always walked with the Lord. Mary , his mother, Mary her sister, and Mary of Magdala, who was called his companion; for Mary is his sister, his mother and his companion.”
What God has joined together let man not separate. It is clear that when two beings are truly united in love, then nothing can separate them, not even death. Love is Christ’s victory; the truth of their relationship remains true even after death!
We become whole when we truly love. Mary became whole, One with Christ and God. She walked alone with Christ in silent communion which all who are truly in love and joined by God as One with a beloved spouse understand full well.
Unlike Peter her reval for spiritual leadership, Mary never rejected Christ as Peter did. The Gospels tell us Jesus predicted “This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” Christ never turned to Mary to say “Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me for you are not on the side of God but of men.” Mary was beloved, the “Apostle to the Apostles!” It takes male and female to be truly human, to bind the human soul together with the divine soul. God created human beings, male and female, in the image of God.
This Christmas let us remember our Oneness with Christ and Mary Magdalene. Let us share some time with our departed spouse. “Let us grow as he demanded of us, and walk forth to spread the gospel, without trying to lay down any rules and laws other than those they witnessed.”
Old and new
Alone with you