Appleton, WI

July 22: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, Apostle to the Apostles

Saint Mary Magdalene by Rev Malcolm Guite

Men called you light so as to load you down,
And burden you with their own weight of sin,
A woman forced to cover and contain
Those seven devils sent by Everyman.
But one man set you free and took your part,
One man* knew and loved you to the core.
The broken alabaster of your heart
Revealed to him alone a hidden door,
Into a garden where the fountain sealed,
Could flow at last for him in healing tears,
Till, in another garden, he revealed
The perfect love that cast out all your fears,
And quickened you with love’s own sway and swing,
As light and lovely as the news you bring.

*Jesus, Saint Mary Magdalene’s Lord