There was something about Mary
The very best medical care available seemed unable to help her and she went from place to place with no relief.
Finally, she found someone who was able to cure her. She was so grateful that she went to work for him, learning everything she could from him.
Then, in a terrible turn of events, the man who had cured her was arrested on trumped-up charges, found guilty, and executed.
Mary watched him die, one of the few who stayed by him to the end.
Two days later, still overcome with grief, she went to visit his grave, but the body was gone.
Mary ran in panic to her coworkers, but they just came, looked, and left.
Grief now totally overwhelmed Mary and she sobbed uncontrollably.
Through her tears, she saw people around her and she heard them ask why she was crying. One of them seemed to be a landscaper. She hardly knew what to say to them.
Then the "landscaper" called her by her name, "Mary."
Now she saw clearly.
It was him.
It was Jesus.
It was the Lord. He was risen as he had said.
Mary Magdalene was thus the first to see the risen Lord and would be the one to bring the news to the Apostles.
Much later, many strange stories would be told about Mary, but what always remains clear is that she was faithful to the Lord even in the most horrible of circumstances and that she was the first to tell the news of Christ’s resurrection.
The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene is celebrated on this day.
(from an earlier post)