Said Judas to Mary, “Now what will you do With your ointment so rich and so rare?”
“I’ll pour it all over the feet of the Lord, And I’ll wipe it away with my hair;’
she said, “I’ll wipe it away with my hair.”
“0 Mary, 0 Mary, 0 think of the poor. This ointment, it could have been sold;
And think of the blankets and think of the bread You could buy with the silver and gold;’
he said, “You could buy with the silver and gold.”
“Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’ll think of the poor; Tomorrow;’ she said, “not today;
For dearer than all of the poor in the world is my Love who is going away;’
she said, “My Love who is going away?’
Said Jesus to Mary, “Your love is so deep. Today, you may do as you will.
Tomorrow, you say, I am going away, But my body I leave with you still;’
He said, My body I leave with you still.”
We should reflect on Mary’s attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tell us: “Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.”
from a homily by Pope St. Gregory the Great
Collect for St Mary Magdalene’s day:
Almighty God, whose Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body and called her to be a witness to his resurrection: forgive us our sins, we beseech thee, and heal us by thy grace, that we may serve thee in the power of his risen life; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.