Today is the feast day of Mary Magdalene, the first apostle sent as a witness to the resurrection (John 20:11-18). Mary was one of Jesus’ disciples (she calls him her Rabbi: Jesus didn’t have 12 disciples – that was a symbolic number within a larger group, of perhaps closer to 20 men and women), and, as all disciples are, was sent out.
This morning as I stood waiting for my youngest son to be led into school, I watched a group of four-year-old girls perfecting their disdainful I-am-better-than-you faces at one another. Boys have issues of their own, but sassy disdain, which flowers into full-blown contempt for other people, is a major issue facing our girls today. Lord, have mercy.
Today my prayer is that our girls and our women would know the redeeming and releasing that Mary Magdalene experienced as a disciple, in order that they might become disciple-makers who will, in turn, help others to learn how to live the glorious liberty of the children of God.