mary magdalene and christ’s reality

Here’s a very interesting quote from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, taken from a talk he gave on the equality of men and women. It’s rather appropriate given what day it is today. To all those who’ve been celebrating the Christian Holy Week, here’s wishing you a glorious day on this Easter Monday.

After the martyrdom of Christ, to Whom be glory, the disciples were greatly disturbed and disheartened. Even Peter had denied Christ and tried to shun Him. It was a woman, Mary Magdalene, who confirmed the wavering disciples in their faith, saying, “Was it the body of Christ or the reality of Christ that ye have seen crucified? Surely it was His body. His reality is everlasting and eternal; it hath neither beginning nor ending. Therefore, why are ye perplexed and discouraged? Christ always spoke of His being crucified.” Mary Magdalene was a mere villager, a peasant woman; yet she became the means of consolation and confirmation to the disciples of Christ.

His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 282

4 thoughts on “mary magdalene and christ’s reality

  1. What’s weird is that the subject of Mary Magdalene was on my mind and I was going to read up about her in the Baha’i writings tonight, before you mentioned it here. I guess it’s because I watched the documentary “The last tomb of Jesus” last night. I wanted to clarify what view ‘Abdu’l-Baha and the Baha’i writings have about her, and this a good start.

  2. @Philippe: cool… go for it! might I suggest “weekly” instead of “daily” though—it gets tough coming up with stuff every day 😉

    @Bagha: Abdu’l-Bahá has lots of good things to say about Mary Magdalene. A quick search in Ocean will turn up lots of cites, including this gem:

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá turned with a look of great joy and said with an impressive gesture: “The bounty and power of God is limitless for each human soul. Consider what was the quickening power of the Christ when He was on earth. Look at His disciples! They were poor and uncultured men. Out of the rough fisherman He made the great Peter, and out of the poor village girl of Magdala He made one who is a power in all the world today. Many queens have reigned who are remembered by their dates in history, and nothing more is known of them. But Mary the Magdalene is greater than them all. It was she whose love strengthened the disciples when their faith was failing. What she did for the world cannot be measured. See what a divine power was enkindled in her by the power of God!”

    Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 88
  3. This all is a nice reminder that what distinguishes a person is not their gender but the quality of their relationship to God and how that is reflected in their words and deeds. Mary Magdelan is a powerful spiritual ancestor whom people of all faiths can learn from. Also, I did decide to only do one quote each week. Thanks for the encouragement.

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