Sunday, the 16th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Mary of Magdala
Readings for today’s Mass
misrepresented by Pope Gregory the Great in 591 when he declared that "She whom Luke calls the sinful woman, whom John calls Mary of Bethany, we believe to be the Mary from whom seven devils were ejected according to Mark," This misunderstanding endured until 1969 when the Church finally set things right with Mary, declaring that there is no evidence linking the seven devils woman or other unnamed immoral women with Mary, the companion of Jesus and the post-resurrection Mary at the empty tomb and the first to see Jesus in the cemetery.
It would seem, however, that this story of Mary the Slandered should be a reminder to us to be a little slower in judging others. In this age of information and misinformation, of Photoshop and fake news, how easy it is to create a story from the latest tweet or some viral "news" bit posted on Facebook. Today, it seems that some of the latest "truths" are simply lies with lipstick..
There is a great deal we can learn from Mary of Magdala As we celebrate her memorial, let us be reminded of the goodness others bring to our lives. Leave the need for judgment, reconciliation and redemption to more capable hands.