July 22nd.  St Mary Magdalen. Agnes shared, “My granddaughter chose Mary Magdalen for her confirmation patron.  It seemed a bit odd, and I did ask her why.   You know what she said?  ‘There are so many people out there, good and bad ones.  Mary Magdalen may have been a prostitute.   We don’t know or if so why, but she, more than the others, was open to hearing Jesus’ message and became one of his closest friends.  I always want to be open to hearing Jesus, no matter what happens to me in future,’ she said.  

Scripture:   Jesus explained, “ The seed that was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it and bears fruit.  Matt 13:18-23.  Pope Francis.. Christ has taken unto himself this material world and now is intimately present to each being, surrounding it with his affection and penetrating it with his light.  May the power and the light of the grace we have received be evident in our relationship to other creatures and the world around us.   LS 221.By calling Mary Magdalene by name after his resurrection, Jesus shows us just how personal his relationship with mankind is.