Who was she? She is no longer held as a prostitute. Why was she at all?
Is she married to Jesus? Or His lover? Was she married before? Is she celibate?
Was she a leader in the early Christian church?
Was she considered an apostle?
And the one that has drawn my attention and contemplation:
What role does Mary Magdalene play for women and the sacred feminine within a spiritual life then and now?
I have been contemplating this last question for the last year with the intention of writing a one-woman play portraying Mary Magdalene. For a year now I have read every theological and historical interpretation I can find on her. There is a wide range of views about who this woman was. Through my exploration, I am hearing the voice of many different Mary Magdalenes. I have been feeling compelled to give her a voice, after millennia of being misrepresented and often degraded, I want to hear what is important for her to say about her life, the life of Jesus and the ministry that she served and still serves today.
It came to me some months ago that I will know what to write once I stand on the shores and look out at the Sea of Galilee.
To stand where she stood, to breathe the air she breathed and gaze at the sunset over the waters of her childhood, the waters that were part of Jesus' ministry and the people that followed him. Jesus spent most of His ministry preaching, conversing, and healing with the people along the Galilee; so I instinctively felt that I would discover Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the story of her journey with Jesus if I could stand on the land that was the cradle of a ministry that has ignited the hearts and souls of people worldwide
And so...on April 6, 2016 I am on a plane to Israel....in search of Mary Magdalene.
I hope you will join me for my journey. I will be, with luck, doing a blog post daily of my explorations, discoveries and incorporate tidbits from research I have done up to this point. Please forward this blog to those who you think will enjoy this. I welcome your comments and your support along the way.
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