Sunday, April 16, 2006

"He is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia...

A reading from the Gospel of John...

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone was rolled from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and me and said, "They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!"

We ran to the tomb to see; I outran Peter and got there first, and stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but I didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went on inside. He also noticed the cloth lying there, while the swath that have covered Jesus' head was rolled up in a bundle and was lying at the side. Then I went in too, and saw and believed [that he had risen] - for until then we hadn't realized that the Scriptures said he would come to life again.

We went on home, and by that time Lary Magdalene had returned to the tomb and was standing outside crying. And as she wept, she stooped and looked in and saw two white-robed angels sitting at the head and the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.

"Why are you crying?" the angels asked her.

"Because they have taken away my Lord," she replied, "and I don't know where they have put him." She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing behind her. It was Jesus, but she did not recognize him! "Why are you crying?" he asked her "Whom are you looking for?"

She thought he was the gardener, "Sir," she said, "if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him."

"Mary!" Jesus said, She turned toward him. "Master!" she exclaimed. "Don't touch me," he cautioned. "for I haven't yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them that I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God. Mary Magdalene found the desciples and told them, "I have seen the Lord!" Then she gave them his message.

The Gospel of the Lord...

Mary Magdalene is written about in all four gospel accounts and is represented in many forms and here we have this the Last of the written gospels includes the interaction between Mary Magdalene and Jesus on Easter Sunday morning. That she, [Mary Magdalene] was the first of the apostles to see Jesus after his resurrection. It is said, from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene that she posessed qualities that the other 12 desciples did not. That she was able to "see" between the veil, to see between the space of reality and divinity.

Preface - The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

But it is important to remember that Jesus Christ does relieve Mary of the seven demons - or perhaps, those aspects that can cloud vision and energy at each of the seven chakras. Presumably, she no longer possesses the seven deadly sins - pride, lust, envy, anger, covetousness, gluttony, and sloth. In their place exist the coreesponding virtues - the way has been cleared for the "seven virgins of light." If her purification is viewed in this way, it makes her the most thoroughly sanctified person mentioned in the new testament.

If we look at Christ's words in the original Greek, the meaning translates a little differently.
"Me mou aptou" uses the imperative mood of the verb (h) aptein, "to fasten." A better translation would then be, "Don't hold onto me" or "Don't cling to me."

Now for the full line: "Do not cling to me, for I am not yet ascended to the Father." The last part of the sentance takes on the greater importance - Jesus Christ refers to the nature of the resurrected body that exists between the earthly body and the ascended body, a nature which we could think of as the eidolon, that is, the "pure and ideal image."

When we let go of the emphasis on Mary Magdalene's rejection that some hear in Jesus' words outside the tomb, and see this instead as a teaching about the other worlds in which we can exist, we can then understand that these words may indicate her very special role. She is the one - perhaps, because of her purified state, that only one - who can deliver Christ's message: "Go to my bretheren and tell them I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God. At this point, she becomes in the canonical Gospels the "apostle of the apostles," which the othr gospels (from Nag Hammadi, the third century Pistis Sophia, and so forth) expand upon.

Jesus clearly asks her to represent a teaching to the others - to the men who were not to be found at the foot of the cross during the Crucifixion, the men who did not believe Jesus himself when he told them he would rise.

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene pgs. xvii-xix
Jean Yves Leloup


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