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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.

How often God has knocked at the door of our heart, but we have not answered?
 
Why? Sin.
 
Not sin is the sense we identify sin to be, breaking the 'law', but it's the sin of neglect, self-absorption, jealousy, and envy, among others, which keeps us from experiencing God's love, his light, his joy. We live outside the Kingdom, and sadly, enjoy it.
 
Christ begins his public ministry with the clarion call to repent. This is the message on the Sunday After the Theophany. The 'epiphany' (manifestation) each person needs to experience is to be enlighten by the vision of God in all things; to hear God and to behold the cross as the vision as our personal encounter with God.
 
Unless we are prepared to change, the door to God will remain closed.
 
Each of us is called to commune with God in such a way, that God and each of us should become an active partaker of the Divine life, and becomes sons and daughters of the living God. This is what we are called to become, this is our vocation, this is the reason we live.
 
It can happen, if our hearts and minds are determined to change, to repent.
 
-Fr Marc Vranes  

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