My favorite Bible story of all is Mary’s meeting the Risen Christ in the garden. A love story of all Love stories. I highly recommend Cynthia’s Bourgeault’s The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity as a fascinating take on how much Christianity needs to honor her and make her presence felt in our worship and meditations. For a very different read, try one of my favorite novels The Passion of Mary Magdalene by Elizabeth Cunningham which left me both joyful and hopeful, where the body, sex, compassion, and mystery are celebrated.
I’m finding “seven” minutes as I write these blogs are becoming more and more metaphorical. I’m coming to my almost daily writing saying, if I stay with it for seven minutes, then maybe a small miracle will occur. And it seems as though they are occurring. This picture took me more than seven minutes tonight . . . but I did it fast without that awful editor in the back of my mind. I used colored pastels, so here’s something close to the original. Mary has a little work done, but not much: