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Saint Mary of Magdala

Saint Mary of Magdela is far more than just one of the Myrrhbearing Women the church remembers on the Third Sunday of Pascha; her life is of such great magnitude that it is referred to as the Primacy of Mary. That Mary of Magdala is venerated in the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, several Protestant churches, and even in the Baha’i Faith tradition, speaks of her prominence.

The Awesome Judgment
The Awesome Judgment
The Awesome Judgment

God created man for three reasons: 1) to come to the knowledge of him, 2) to live in communion with him, and 3) to fulfill his will. There is no life in Christ separate from these commands. 

All three are accomplished when man embraces the dogma that each moment in our live has been given to us as a free gift by God, and that we are called to use this life to become a reflection of him.

Instead, man continues to be gripped by things which control our life; jealousy, resentment, fear, and being so self-absorbed it remains hard to put in human words. These things take possession of us so completely, we die a death of sorts. Not a death in the physical sense of the word, but a death which results in a tragic alienation which separates us from all that is good, all that is from God, all that is beautiful, and full of meaning and joy. Sin has a way of doing this, and taking our attention off the one who is holy and worthy of our prayer and energies.

Although the world remains dark, cruel, and cold as a result of sin; man remains the object of God’s attention and love. To desire a life which is not rooted in Christ is a life which will go unfulfilled on a human level. We will search and remain empty. The Christian life is a good life, lived on a narrow road, but a life which is full of blessings and joy that only the person who has committed himself to Christ can possibly know.

-Fr Marc Vranes

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