Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene or St. Mary Magdalene


Mary Magdelene, the woman from the town of Magdala has been the source of much controversy. It is often been thought that Mary Magdalene was indeed the woman of lax morals and was the same one as the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and anointed his feet with a alabaster jar of costly nard at Bethany. Some scholars believe that Mary Magdalene the woman from whom seven demons were cast out was not the woman at Bethany who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. One thing is clear that Mary Magdalene was among the disciples and was first to see the the risen Savior. She was at the foot of the cross when he died. Some scholars also say that she was betrothed to John the evangelist. I would like to give this woman at Bethany a name and to me it does seem like this is the woman who was forgiven much and the one who followed Jesus to the end. What interests me is not the details of who she was ... I am interested in the woman she became. This poem is about how Jesus saw the woman and how the men at the banquet saw her.. Some men continue to see her with the same eyes even now...now that I have the explanation out of the way let me get on with the poem. ...

This is a poem of hope, love and forgiveness... This scene from the gospels has often effected me in different ways.... this is my rendition for today...

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Jesus and Mary Magdalene

An alabaster jar in hand,
brimming with costly nard,
uninvited she went,
to the banquet grand.
Fell down at the master’s feet,
still dirty from the street,
she could not her tears refrain,
that flowed down His feet like rain.
Drying them with her silky hair,
she kissed His feet so fair,
breaking her jar of guilt and pain,
She let the nard down to drain,
Upon his feet now washed and clean,
with her tears made pristine.
The guests watched her with hawk like eyes,
They who had sought her before like flies.
Although the place smelled sweet with perfume,
anger and jealousy filled the room,
questions and doubts,
she raised in their hearts,
Although they did not voice their thoughts,
They could only see in her,
a sinner and an adulteress,
Didn't they know how she did transgress?
Jesus only saw her repentant heart,
and the new life she desired to start,
He saw her love,
He saw her pain,
He saw the change,
He called her by name,
“Mary” he said “you shall be known,
even to the ends of the Earth,
for the love you have shown,
for the life you disown,
Just to follow me.”
He thought to himself
You shall be the the first to see
when from the dead I shall raised be
You will be the messenger of hope
to those lost in despair.

She was touched by both,
praise and infamy,
for the reason of her troth,
Dan Brown gored her,
with his sharpest sword,
calling her a who**,
The master saw the butterfly,
when He saw the lust in her die,
He saw the woman she would be,
The harbinger of hope and liberty,
The master saw her beautiful soul,
Metamorphosed and now whole,
Dan Brown could only see the worm,
and through his pen he made her squirm,
Mired her name in filth and shame,
So he could make himself a name.
Mary of Magdalene she will always be,
the woman who conquered the world on her knees,
The sign for all ages,
from sins deadly wages,
Forever set free!
Mary Magdalene!

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Princess Prisca 4 years ago from Heaven living on Earth

Sofs,

Useful, awesome beautiful and a true 'spreading of the Gospel!' Lovely, lovely, lovely work!

Ciao...Princess Prisca


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Hi Princess Prisca, good to meet you here. Thank you.. for your lovely comment. This is my understanding of who He is.. I appreciate the read and the ratings. Have a wonderful day. God Bless!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

a very good share Sofs up and awesome with a side of useful bless you :)


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Thank you Frank, I appreciate that very much. Have a wonderful day! God Bless!


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KellyPittman 4 years ago from Walker, LA

This is a beautiful piece of work. Thank you for sharing.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Thank you, I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. Have a wonderful day! God Bless!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a very beautiful poem about the woman who washed Jesus' feet. She is such an important person in the Bible and I found in very effective to call a spade a spade where Dan Brown is concerned. Beautiful and clever. God Bless you.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

A pretty peice of fiction, and so prettily penned bravo.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful Sophie, I do not understand who Dan Brown is. I love to read the story about Mary Magdalene. We have much to learn about forgiveness and a pompous attitude of the so-called righteous. I loved your poetry..Thank you..


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful poetry which a beautiful woman like Mary Magdalene deserves. I like what Jesus said about her, "Leave her alone." He freed her like you concluded. Thanks.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Pamela99, Thank you for your kind words. Mary Magdalene has indeed been a great source of inspiration to many. I appreciate that you do agree with my line of thinking.. Thanks for the follow and the fan mail. Much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and God Bless!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Jaggedfrost, no fiction this.. this has had many scholars and historian puzzled and trying to figure out the facts. Thank you for the comment, I appreciate that you did think it was penned prettily. Have a wonderful day. God Bless you abundantly!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Ruby, You are right, who cares about Dan Brown a small fry in the big picture! It is the story of a woman and how her life had changed instantly and completely after her encounter with the savior and His love. The attitudes of the leaders have remained the same, and so is His love through the ages. Your words mean so much to me and is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day. God Bless!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Ms Dora, Thank you! I knew I missed something... I just went with the flow.'Leave her alone'... do they?... like the Hebrew man asked Moses ... who made you judge over us?.. we need to ask ourselves, who am I to judge? Love always sets you free... That is the greatest truth isn't it and He is Love! I so appreciate your comments. Have a lovely day! God bless!


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Lovley poem and absolutely faithful to the Spirit of Jesus. Thank you.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Paradise, You have been missed! Hope all is well with you. Thank you for that lovely comment and for making my day! Have a wonderful day. God Bless!


Sandy27m 4 years ago

Dear Sof great eye opener .when i read the bible I too was touched by this story as there is no other god who even gives a second look at the people suffering because of their guilt.This pure love is what attracted me to Jesus A Hindu born in a brahmin family.I was called by him beloved and till today not a single day I have been let down! God bless ! there is none like him I can say very boldly.continue the good work!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

There is none like Him, rightly said Sandy. He called you when you did not know Him... and His love has made you whole... Like Mary Magdalene you were called to do His work.. Go forth into all nations and proclaim His gospel to all creation! That is your calling too..

Isn't it kind of very late for you to be reading and commenting now... Goodnight! Have a peaceful night! Sophie.


reeshma nair 4 years ago

simply heart touching aunty. no matter who not matter how dark a person may be there is always forgiveness for him from god. only if he comes with a repentant heart.so beautifully put auntie and i love the way dan brown was portrayed.. :) wish he wud read dis and squirm.. the lil worm :)


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Reeshma, Thanks sweetie for taking the time on a Sunday afternoon to read and express how you felt.. No, my intention was not to make Mr. Brown squirm, but to say that is how people look at those they do not regard highly, but God sees them for what they are and not what they do. I appreciate your sweet comment.. means a lot to me dearest :) God bless you abundantly!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Sofs, amazing job. Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful. I have always had trouble understanding the Bible. I can read it time and time again, but I just don't understand what I read. I was able to unerstand this clearly. Great job Sofs. Hope you have a great day.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

I would take that as a compliment thelyricwriter! Thank you! The Bible is one of the easiest books to understand.. use an ESV or a amplified version to make things simple... But the crux of the matter is He is love, he does not judge work in progress.. He sees you for what you are.. not what you do.. I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to read and comment. Have a fabulous day. God Bless!


rekha 4 years ago

Such a beautiful person, Mary Magdalene. What gratitude & love for the One who lightened her burden! Looks like nothing else mattered to her. Spunky woman! Jesus looked at things so differently from the way the world did and still does. His heart went out to the sinners/guilt-laden, but warned those who caused others to sin, that they will be in a situation worse than drowning.

Lovely poem. Carry on!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Rekha, The one who is forgiven most, loves the most! His words! So misconstrued and seen through their colored lenses. Mary Magdalene will be the ever debated woman won't she? Thank you.. your comment always fills my heart with gladness. Thanks for taking the time. God Bless!


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India

Lovely! Just lovely and heartrending!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

SharonChristy Thank you for the lovely comment. I appreciate this very much. Have a lovely day!


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SeanBrook 3 years ago from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Hauntingly and lovingly beautiful, Sofs. I've always felt there is more to the Mary Magdalene story tho, than we are led to believe. I feel that about a lot of things in the bible along with the wisdom that is there.

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