Sunday Reflection: Saint Mary Magdalene 22 July Holy Day
Mary was called the Magdalene because she was a woman of Mag’dala, a village in Galilee. In the Gospels it is said that Jesus cast seven demons out of her and that she was one of a group of women who followed him and used their wealth to provide for the rest of his companions.
Mary accompanied Jesus to Jerusalem, and three of the evangelists — Matthew, Mark, and John — give her first place among the women disciples who stood nearby while their Lord was crucified. All the Gospel accounts agree that, on the morning of the third day, she went to his tomb in order to anoint his corpse — and was astonished to find the tomb empty, except for mysterious strangers who told her that Christ was risen. According to John, it was just then that Mary became the first to behold and speak with the risen Lord himself; John also reports that Jesus appointed her to proclaim the news of his resurrection to the apostles. For this reason, Mary Magdalene is regarded as their equal by the Eastern Church, for she was the apostle to the apostles.
Almighty God, whose Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body and called her to be a witness of his resurrection, forgive us and heal us by your grace, that we may serve you in the power of his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Rector’s Corner: Last Sunday, we have had fourteen attendees for the Early Worship Service (8:30am) in our parish. For me, this was a significant indication of our ability as Anglicans to invite andwelcomea family member or a friend. I should also share with you that another person came back and worshipped with us for the second time. Perhaps, my reflection should focus more on how we intentionally orient and incorporatea new person, family or friend into our church family. Our communal goal is to find ways and means to invite, greet, orient andincorporatenew members to our congregation. Have you even considered someone to invite to attend a gathering at St Michael’s?
I have met with our church wardens and analyzed a few ministries centered on our parish spiritual renewal. Initially, it would start with a sacred gig among the “leadership team”, then the “insiders” of our congregation and hopefully even to the “outsiders” of our faith group. We would continue to update you on this initiative.
On behalf of our parish leadership team, I would like to say thank you for your participation at our annual summer BBQ Fellowship. A special shout-out to our cooks and donors for your generosity and kindness. Also, to all who shared a dish, dessert, drinks etc.… and for inviting families and friends.
The leadership of our parish council will present a mid-year stewardship assessment. Our goal is to update your stewardship participation of time, talent and treasurein the life of the parish. Please continue to support and get involved in our stewardship ministry.
I am doing some home visits during the summer. I usually offer prayers, reflections and conversationthat may support your spiritual needs. My contact info; firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-591-8323.