July 22, 2017 (required Memorial of Mary Magdalene)

July 22, 2003, was the morning of “Hurricane Elvis,” that straight line storm that caused such havoc. I was a Transitional Deacon on the altar at early morning mass at the Cathedral in Memphis, TN. The storm started; trees were falling; electricity went out; etc. One of the faithful turned to the Rector of the Cathedral, whose birthday it was, and said that maybe Mary Magdalene didn’t like my homily that morning! Actually, it was a very good homily and I’m sure she liked it very much.

Mary Magdalene, or, as she is sometimes known, “the apostle to the Apostles” because she was the first to bring news of the Risen Lord to His inner circle. Let us pray to her today to strengthen our faith in the Risen Lord and to boldly proclaim His resurrection to the world!

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