Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Christ Is Risen!

Many Years dear Best Friend;
Pamela Anne Magdalena!

Maria Magdalena...

Her Joy was in Her Lord,
The colour of her love
was red, as the heart with which she prayed
and fulfilled within her calling.

She poured her soul upon His feet
to show her need of Him.
Then wiped the oil off with her hair
to devote herself to Him.

In caring for the Church of Christ
she remaines true to her talent;
annointing His followers with faith in Him
and blesses those who share her name.

Maria Magdalena was the disciple to remain when Peter and the others turned away.
She was witness to the Ressurrection because she did not hide away from Him who knew who she was, and loved her, which was why she recognised His voice when He called her by name.
She then took the news to the broken hearted church, and her experience caused the others to desire to know the news too, but for themselves! Not just someone elses story, but to make it their own - so they prayed that He would confirm the truth of her words.
Mary! Teacher!
The shortest coverstaion in the history of the world. But it changed the world.

The Psalmist says -
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did ...

Saint Paul writes - "So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion..."

& again... "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said:"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."

Mary from Magdala persevered, and was rewarded with the vision of her Risen Lord, and of Eternity, which she kept in her heart (as she had been shown by Jesus' Mother). She then told it to those to whom Christ sent her; Hence, she is known as The Apostle to the Apostles.

In keeping His commandments and laws, O holy Mary Magdalene,
You followed Christ, who for our sake was born of a virgin,
And in celebrating your most holy memory today,
May we receive forgiveness of sins by your prayers!

When God, who is transcendent in essence,
Came with flesh into the world, O Myrrhbearer,
He received you as a true disciple, for you turned all your love toward Him;
Henceforth you would by your prayers work many healings.
Now that you have passed into heaven, never cease to intercede for the world!

and dearest P.A.M. - May I always live to encourage you, as you do me! I love you X X X

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