The Biblical Mary Magdalene intrigues me. Challenged by Archbishop Jason Gordon during the Triduum to seek out a character in the gospel and journey with him/her (Archbishop’s column March 25), I ventured to view the film ‘Mary Magdalene’.
Mary Magdalene’s image has been repeatedly conscripted, contorted and contradicted and a succession of fantasies has accompanied her past portrayals. Indeed, Mary Magdalene of the New Testament was a leading figure from Galilee. When most men had abandoned Jesus, she stayed with Him. She was at the Crucifixion. She was at the tomb. She was one of the first to whom Jesus appeared after the Resurrection with instructions to preach the “Good News”.