“Deep into that darkness peering”

simages.duckduckgo.comWith Easter long in our rear view mirrors, the Church gives us today a wonderful celebration of the resurrection. Today’s Gospel and celebration of St. Mary Magdalene invite us to consider the resurrection. Mary Magdalene is a saint, a saint with a past. We’re not sure what that past included. Mark and Luke tell us Jesus healed Mary Magdalene of seven demons. Many think of Mary Magdalene as in a shaddy kind of light, as the bad girl of the gospels. But she is a saint, a saint who pointed to the light, a saint who announced the risen Lord. I’d like us to consider a moment the darkness she faced. John says she stood at the tomb while it was still dark. She felt grief, profound sadness, and feelings she couldn’t name. Makes me think of Poe: “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” Those were surely Mary Madelene’s emotions also. What she eventually came to see and know–the risen Lord–surpassed all her dreams and cast away that darkness forever, and brought her to the eternal light of sainthood. What dark places are in our lives? Maybe our pasts. Maybe something in our lives now. Today, at least for a moment, let’s let the light shine in. Might even make us saints.