Today is the feast day of Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of women.
Named four times in the Gospels as a close devotee of Jesus, Mary Magdalene stayed by his side through the crucifixion, was the first to see the risen Christ, and the first to proclaim the Resurrection.
The means, a woman was the first preacher.
A woman was one of Jesus' closest companions.
And yet, what we have been taught about her is mostly a fabrication.
In the sixth century, Pope Gregory preached a sermon in which he conflated three women of scripture - Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany, and an unnamed woman - turning them into an amalgamation symbolic of a sinful, fallen woman.
In truth, there is no indication in scripture that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.
There is only indication, especially when we include the Gnostic Gospels in our exploration, that she was a beloved friend and disciple.
Jesus healed Mary Magdalene of seven demons, but what were these demons? Physical ailments? Emotional burdens?
Whenever numbers show up in scripture, they have meaning. Numbers are always code.
I don't believe it to be a coincidence that there are seven major chakras, or energy gateways, in the human body, and seven demons mentioned in the story of Mary's healing.
I believe that what Jesus did for Mary was clear and align her chakras, preparing her for enlightenment.
Mary Magdalene teaches love and devotion.
She teaches inner strength.
She teaches us to use our voice.
She teaches us to see with the heart.
She teaches us divine union.
Group Prayer Painting
For group prayer paintings, I collect your personal prayers and all them all to the same canvas, then paint what comes through.
This is typically a faster process than the paintings I create for individuals. The paint flies on to the canvas and arranges itself.
Thank you to everyone who sent a prayer for this painting.
I was so moved by the prayers I received and amazed by how they seemed to collect around a theme of union and love.
I know it is a vulnerable thing to do, to write out the longings and desires of your heart and send them to me, to entrust them to me, and I'm grateful for those who feel called to this group prayer.
What does she say to you?
I invite you to sit with this image and let it speak to you.
I would love to hear from you.
What rises in your heart as you commune with this group prayer?
Personal Prayer Paintings
If you would like to receive a Personal Prayer Painting, I would love to paint for you.
You can learn more about that process here.