Have you ever felt like you aren’t good enough? Do you sometimes carry around feelings of guilt or shame from something you have done in your past?
In Scripture, when describing St. Mary Magdalene, St. Luke describes her as someone who was processed by 7 demons, and Jesus casted them out of her. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but imagine what Mary of Magdala’s life was like. What were the actions of her daily life that led her to get into a situation where she ended up being processed by demons? I wonder if it all started off small… maybe she started out by doubting who God created her to be… maybe she started to believe lies about herself in small ways and all of that led her to believing bigger lies.
I have always been fascinated by Mary of Magdala in Scripture. Her life, her transformation, and her full commitment to Jesus. I was so moved and inspired by the way she was portrayed in the 1st episode of The Chosen. It truly led me to tears as I thought of the ways Jesus has set me free and transformed me in my own life.
Many of us listening to this podcast may not have ever been processed by demons, but we know we have an enemy who is a liar, an accuser, a thief and he is on a full-time mission to detract us and derail us from God’s great plan for our lives.
I bet Mary of Magdala knew what it felt like to be confused or lost. Maybe she was stuck…like there was no way out of her pain. Have you ever felt like this before? I sure have.
Even though Scripture implies she may have been an influential woman with substantial resources from a town called Magdala, she knew Jesus was the only one who could truly set her free and transform her life. Through His life, his love, his death, his resurrection and his mercy—he transformed her life.
We know Mary was the first person to actually see Jesus with her own eyes after He rose from the dead. He called her by her name and she called him Rabboni or Teacher. Isn’t that interesting? Out of all the ways she could have addressed him… she called him Teacher.
After that, we know she became the first one to carry this message and announce the good news to others that Jesus rose from the dead and that he is still Alive!
So, what about you?
How Has your life been transformed by Jesus? Or has it?
What is Jesus teaching you at this time in your life?
How are you being a messenger of this good news to others in your own life?
After this podcast is over in a few seconds, might you consider taking a few moments of silence to reflect on these questions. Let the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of you, speak to you and guide you. Jesus promised us that He would send us a helper, and He has. We just need to be quiet long enough to hear His voice.
So let’s pray together and get a lil’ help from our heavenly friends.
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us, forgiving us and setting us free from guilt and shame.
Please give us the grace to choose to turn away from anything that hurts You.
Please be our teacher, transform us and make us your messengers.
St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us.
Can I get an Amen? Amen!