The feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Theme: Faithful steward

Today the church celebrates the feast of St. Mary Magdalene. A woman whose life changed for the better the moment she had an encounter with Jesus. She was forgiven her sins by Jesus and she was remorseful and very grateful for the mercy and forgiveness she received from Jesus. She was delivered by Jesus from seven demons that were oppressing her. When she was restored by Jesus, she devoted her life and resources to serving as a disciple of Christ. She was one of those who encountered Jesus in the scriptures and their life never remained the same. Her faithfulness was rewarded by Jesus Christ; she was the first to see the resurrected Christ and took the information to the other Disciples of Christ.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, faithfulness towards God can never go unrewarded. The actions of St. Mary Magdalene from the point she encountered Jesus is worthy of emulation. She willingly supported Jesus with her resources and did all she could for the propagation of the faith. In the same way, we are all encouraged to do all within our power to contribute towards the growth of the body of Christ, just like Mary Magdalene did during her own time.

Dearly beloved in Christ, as Christians and children of God, has our encounter with God brought newness and change into our life, just as it happened in the life of Mary Magdalene? Our encounter with Jesus Christ each time we partake of the Eucharistic table should bring us positive change and newness of life, which the world cannot give. The feast we celebrate today, challenges us in a very special way to get closer to God by serving him wholeheartedly for the glory of God, just like Mary Magdalene did in her own time.

My brothers and sister in Christ, with God it is never too late to make that decision and take a bold step towards a way of life that is good and pleasing to God. St. Mary Magdalene is celebrated today in the church because she took that bold step and her life never remained the same. Let us resolve today to take that bold step and trust in God’s grace.

As you strive to do this, may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.


Homily for the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp