This week, one of the most “evil crimes in human history was thus interiorly transformed by Jesus into the greatest act of self-giving love.” (Fr. Sean Davidson). This week, Love will prove to us how infinitely more powerful It is than death.
To the rest of society, Mary Magdalene would have been considered dirty, and used goods, and yet it is through her that we see Jesus destroying our sins and freeing us from the cross.
In one of the possible gospel readings on Easter Sunday (Matthew 28:1-10), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see Jesus and when they got there His body was gone and an angel of the Lord appeared to them and told them of Jesus’ resurrection. Then, when they were running back to town they saw Jesus and worshipped Him. The first people to see the resurrected Christ were women. Do you understand the weight of that? Jesus commissioned women to tell His disciples of His rising. He knew their hearts and He knew their complete obedience and trust in His Divine Will. He saw the feminine genius and chose to reveal His Divine Self for the first time to them. To the rest of society, Mary Magdalene would have been considered dirty, and used goods, and yet it is through her that we see Jesus destroying our sins and freeing us from the cross.
We as women have been commissioned to share our testimony with Christ through our lives, through our love, and through our service. That is so flippen beautiful! Why then do so many of us dislike our womanhood? Why is it, that when you ask a man if he loves being a man they will always answer yes, but if you ask the same of a woman, most of the time you will get a complaint? What do we not like about being women? For a while I thought it was society and its inherent sexism, then I thought it was the way we are portrayed in media and how unrealistic our standards are, and finally I realized the truth. I didn’t like my femininity because I didn’t know, or honestly like, myself. I was allowing myself to be defined by things of this world, and like Mary Magdalene I thought I was dirty and undeserving of self-love. Then, Jesus broke down my walls and asked me to give Him everything and I did.
He sat in the Garden and took on every single one of my sins, experienced the worst parts of my humanity, and still freely chose to die for me because He looked at me and saw that I was worth it. That is where my beauty lies.
He died the most excruciatingly painful death to prove to us that there is no time, no place, that He is not willing to go for you. He sat in the Garden and took on every single one of my sins, experienced the worst parts of my humanity, and still freely chose to die for me because He looked at me and saw that I was worth it. That is where my beauty lies. That is where my femininity lies. As soon as I realized that, and the more I come to realize the gifts and graces we have as women, the more I love my feminine genius.
She used every aspect of her femininity to glorify God and He rewarded her by being the first person He came to after His rising.
In a society that looked down upon women and was full of hypocrites Jesus chose the heart of Mary Magdalene to reveal Himself to. He chose her to anoint Him for burial. He chose her to follow the way of the cross and stay with Him until the end because He loved her so much and wanted all of us women to know the freedom that comes with being a daughter of His Sacred Heart. She used every aspect of her femininity to glorify God and He rewarded her by being the first person He came to after His rising. Use Mary as an example, because she is the kind of role model we need! She was modern and beautiful and had her heart transformed to use these gifts for the greater glory. How can we do the same in our lives today?
I’m sorry my last two reflections have not been very fashion based (if you want more practical ideas look back on my post Put on Love & Be Brave for Those Who Can’t) , but I feel like having this knowledge of our identity in Christ is essential if you want to live a true and authentically modest life. Modesty is more than just what you wear. It’s how you live, and knowing these truths about Christ working in your life are key to living out modesty in its most beautiful and pure form. Live each day with the knowledge that the God of the Universe freely chose to suffer and die for you, and I guarantee you it will drastically change your life.
Outfit of the Week:
Shirt – Honesty you can find a good striped shirt anywhere for pretty cheap. Invest in one, it’s a fantastic staple
Skirt – Modcloth
Shoes – Birkenstocks
Jewelry – My Saint My Hero
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