Saint Mary Magdalene is called the apostle to the apostles because according to all four gospels she bears witness to Christ’s resurrection, empowering the Paschal sunrise in her awakened heart to dawn in every generation.
The apostles, prophets and saints received her prophetic word, the injunction to turn and see, by awakening to the uncreated light of Christ in their midst. They transmit her wisdom to us, that we too might turn and see. Her humble witness does not contest the Patriarchal culture that veiled her wisdom function but is hid with Christ at the heart of the Gospel and Epistles of Saint John, together with the Book of Revelation, for she is the Beloved Disciple concealed by veiled and holy anonymity, so that no offence is caused in two millennia of Patriarchal culture. This meant that the resurrection to glory was opened to countless hearts that would otherwise have been left bereft of her crucial witness.
Divinely human and humanly divine, the Magdalen mysteries of wisdom unfold as theosis, which Scripture calls glorification. Christ shares his resurrection, ascension and glorification with us through her, and the Holy Spirit opens us to these mysteries in the Holy of Holies. Wisdom’s dawn in our time points towards the sunrise of her renewed transmission, able to acknowledge the Magdalen witness and the function of love that inspired it. Here on the Stiperstones, when the sun rises each morning like resurrection, her perennial icon of resurrection inspires our hearts to turn and see. Every moment is Paschal when the eye of the heart opens and the uncreated sun shines forth into our lives. Sunset on the Stiperstones imparts her flame, the living flame of love.