This article originally appeared in the July edition of The Epigram.
“Searching for Mary Magdalene: A Journey Through Art and Literature” - Jane Lahr
By Mary Ellen Horton
As a child, my mother attended a convent boarding school run by nuns who were cloistered. When young women, considered redeemed sinners, joined this order, they wore crowns of thorns during the ceremony, while the “good novices” wore wreaths of flowers.
Had Jesus been present, I think he would have removed the thorns and given all crowns of flowers. This book has many theories about the place of Mary Magdalene in the life of Jesus. The author describes her as “an enigma and a spirit that continues to morph from one form to another with the subtlety of an apparition.” Misunderstood by many, in the New Testament Mary Magdalene is mentioned only 13 times. Luke writes of Jesus at the home of his friends Mary, Lazarus and their sister Martha. Martha chided Mary for sitting at Jesus’ feet and not helping prepare the meal, but Jesus said to Martha, “Mary has chosen the better part, and it shall not be taken from her.”