Today's Gospel relates the events after Mary Magdalene and the other Mary find the tomb of Jesus empty. Jesus appears to them and tells them to tell the others.
There's a lot of stories about Mary Magdalene from the Bible to modern fiction. She is somewhat of a mystery which is why I've always been fascinated by her.
The Bible tells us that Jesus delivered her of the seven demons and that she was the first one that Jesus appeared to after His resurrection. His specific instructions to her were to tell the others. I'm sure the "twelve" weren't too happy about that, but in an age where a woman's word was not trusted, unless verified by a man, the disciples believed Mary Magdalene.
Her deliverance of her demons drew her to Jesus and His teachings and kept her with Him to the cross and ultimately the tomb.
We can learn a lot from Mary Magdalene. After being healed by Him, she followed Him loyally despite the inappropriateness of it in that era. And yet, she didn't recognize Him when He first called out to her in the garden after His resurrection. But when she heard His voice call her name, she responded, "Rabbouni!" "Teacher!," she knew.
We all experience healing from Our Lord, but we don't always recognize Him when He calls. We are human and He understands.
I found this prayer in my Catholic Women's Devotional Bible:
"Lord, make me a woman like Mary Magdalene who follows you not because of a legalistic understanding of her faith, but because of an overwhelming sense of gratitude and love for your extravagant grace. Help me surrender my darkness. Flood me with the light of your presence."