FEAST OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE.
The date of her death is unknown.
A RECORD of this Saint is a record of love. She ministered to the Lord of her substance, she stood by the Cross, she sat over against the Sepulchre, she sought Christ in the empty grave, and found Him and was found of Him in the contiguous garden.
Yet this is that same Mary Magdalene out of whom aforetime He had cast seven devils.
Nevertheless, the golden cord of love we are contemplating did all along continue unbroken in its chief strand: for before she loved Him, He loved her.
Thus love it was which brought Christ and that soul together, and bound them together first and last. Or rather, first and not last: for time must end in eternity, and eternity must end which never endeth, before the mutual love of Christ and his saints shall end.
To love first is God's prerogative. But blessed be He Who humbles not His least saint by loving last.