Today the Gospel was the story of Jesus' visit to Martha and Mary, which beautifully leads us into tomorrow's feast of St Mary Magdalen. Popular devotion has traditionally merged the two women, probably because they are both women who clearly loved Jesus with great strength and passion. Whether sitting at his feet, standing at his Cross or bending over his body, all they wanted was to be with him and to show him the depth of their love.
Mary Magdalen would also have been the patron saint of our founder, Madeleine Sophie Barat. Although she was known as Sophie in her family she had a great fondness for her patron, and on her feast once said this: -
Mary Magdalen is the first adorer of the Heart of Jesus, and she must be the model for our love, a tender and generous love that refuses nothing and is always ready for the complete gift of self.
Yes, Mary Magdalen is indeed the model for our love... may she pray for us, as we strive for closer union with the One she loved so much.