A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer
Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit
from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End
Lavinia Fontana: Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene
The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene
Father, even as in Matthew’s gospel, for John, the first appearance of Jesus risen from the dead is to a woman. Here it is not the two Maries but Mary Magdalene alone. For John, she is the first apostle, the first one, not only to have seen the risen Lord, but the first to be sent to bring the good news to the others. Mary is the proto-apostle.