7. Mary of Magdala

Mary of Magdala

The artist shows Mary Magdalene as a radiant woman in red, the colour of love, as she comes from the light of the risen Lord to bring the good news to the disciples who are still in the dark and in fear. “Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her” (Jn 20:18). What is particularly remarkable in this story is the great courage Mary shows by going to the tomb, her loving persistence as she is looking for his body, and the fact that Jesus gives her the mission to tell his disciples the good news of his resurrection. It was this mandate to proclaim the good news that caused St Augustine to call her “apostle of the apostles”.

Bible references: Matthew 27, 28; Mark 15,16; Luke 8, 24; John 19, 20

From the Leigh Russell Memorial Panel