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Mary Magdalene: perfect penitent...or not?
Pastoral Liturgy (2014)
  • Dr Angela McCarthy, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Abstract
Gospel confusion
In a homily I heard on the fifth Sunday of Lent, the
priest was speaking about the raising of Lazarus in
Bethany (John 11:1-45). He sought to explain why
Jesus wept so intently over his friend’s death, but
declared that it was not because Lazarus was dead,
as he knew he was going to raise him, but rather
that he wept because of Mary, sister of Martha and
Lazarus. John’s account tells us that six days before
the Passover, after Lazarus was raised, the family
held a dinner and Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with
costly perfume and wiped them with her hair. The
priest’s interpretation suggested that Mary of Bethany
was the same Mary who Jesus had forgiven much,
the known sinner who Jesus had forgiven publicly
when she washed his feet with her tears, anointed
them with expensive oil and wiped them with her hair.
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
McCarthy, A. (2014). Mary Magdalene: perfect penitent...or not? Pastoral Liturgy, 44(3), 13-17