Mary Magdalene ministers to Jesus before his great trial
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My vicious van dweller criminal trouble maker friend Victor dropped this into my Facebook timeline yesterday, probably having no clue, like I had no clue, what all it would set off:
Using the email handle, bigdwick@_______ , the fellow from the soup kitchen wrote to me last night:
We had a very nice chat today, I indeed will stay in touch with you.
The things you told me are are in the works is ironic because I’ve
told a select few about the stories I shared with you, and have never
seen lights come on like when I told you. I am excited about that
because it simply means you GET IT, and the things I know and have
experienced you relate to. You speak of big things that are going to
surface in my walk, I look forward to it.
Something big is with you, what it has in mind for you, I don’t know, but I imagine it will be different, and I imagine it will stretch you in ways you cannot yet possibly imagine, and I imagine it will cut you out of mainstream (the herd), and you will find most people don’t have a clue nor can they relate to your experiences. Your email handle causes me to chuckle, suggest you need massive injections of “estrogen”, the feminine vibration, the absence of which vibration in men and women alike is the root of humanity’s ails. I imagine what has you in tow has in mind taking you into her clutches, which can be rather interesting and ecstatic and excruciating, but her restoration in you is crucial to your journey, wherever it’s going. She loves mystery and surprises and twists and turns and sideways and subjective thinking and poetic encounters, and cosmic humor, and creative expression. She’s really different from the male vibration. Really different.
He wrote again:
The handle is just something I quickly came up with but your take
peaks my interest, for what is in store for me. If you do a write up
regarding me in the morning I will look forward to reading it.
Here’s the editorial about the Pope in yesterday’s Citizen:
When Pope Francis talks, people listen
BY KATHLEEN PARKER
Forget E.F. Hutton. It’s P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen. And then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even nonCatholics are keen to study his words, so surprised and delighted are they to hear a pope say things that suggest to them a more enlightened view of the world, even if those views are attitudinal rather than tangible.
Each time Francis speaks, his words are as shiny objects on a desert floor. We scramble to examine them, turning them over, looking for hidden meanings, holding them up to the
light in search of codes and encryptions.
Perhaps Francis finds this amusing. Then again, perhaps he is as shrewd as he seems to be guileless. He says what he means to say, and if people want to argue over the implications of what he says, well, so be it.
Once he has said something, the light he sheds travels with the speed of a meme.
Many examples come to mind, but one of the most recent was about women, always treacherous territory for a pope — or any man.
Speaking to a crowd of students at the University of Santo Tomas during his visit to the Philippines, Francis noted with gentle disapproval that there weren’t many women in attendance. Then he said a series of things so simple and true that they were at once obvious and sublime.
“Women have muchto tell us in today’s society. Sometimes we’re too macho, and we don’t
leave enough room for women.” And, “Women are able to see things with different eyes than us. Women are able to ask questions that men can’t understand.”
Well, now, that’s a mouthful. But what was he really saying?
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-anchor Mika Brzezinski postulated that Francis was hinting at changes in the church that might allow women to become priests. Many people, including Catholics, think it’s time, but it’s not likely to happen under Francis’s watch. The pope has said that the issue is settled and “that door is closed.” But, wait, what does that mean? Didn’t he say “door”? See how fertile the pope’s words are?
Robert McClory, a professor of journalism at Northwestern University and the author of “As It Was in the Beginning: The Coming Democratization of the Catholic Church,” explored the door as metaphor in an article for the National Catholic Reporter.
Francis didn’t say the issue is behind a wall or a barbedwire fence, McClory wrote. A door can be opened. Might Francis have been hinting as much?
In the same vein, writer Lorena O’Neil said in her article “Catholicism, Women and the Winds of Change” that Francis is “touching the doorknob to see how hot the fire is on the other side.”
Perhaps they are right. But while we’re speculating, there’s yet another possibility. Maybe he was signaling to followers of Islamic fundamentalism, which subjugates and dehumanizes women. I doubt he was, but I like this idea. Do the Taliban pay attention
to what the leader of the Catholic Church has to say?
To those who would suggest that the church also dehumanizes women by keeping them in subordinate positions, there’s the problem of Mary. She wasn’t just the mother of Jesus but the mother of God, no secondary role. In the church, Mary is the mediator of all grace and, in the hierarchy of heaven, she is higher than all men.
Even nonbelievers believe this, or so goes the joke (wit unknown) beloved by Catholics: “There is no God and Mary is His Mother.” This is to say, Mary holds an exalted position in the church that can never be compromised.
Herein lies the conflict for modern feminists, who long ago renounced women’s status as the revered object on a pedestal and traded the favors of chivalry for the mundane privilege of full participation in the machinations of “mankind,” for lack of a better word. And, though Francis wishes to soften the language of the church and welcome all to the pew, he isn’t likely to budge that door.
Whatever his intent in Manila, which, someone has to say, may have been only an observation intended for his immediate audience, Francis got people thinking and talking about a subject the larger world still needs to hear: Women have much to say.
Kathleen Parker is
a columnist with The
Washington Post and winner
of a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
What a crock. What kind of insanity would elevate a mere human woman to being the mother of and above God?
In the Gospels, Jesus spoke brusquely to his mother, and once, after declining to stop teaching an audience and go and greet his mother and his brothers who had come looking for him, he asked his audience: Who were his his mother and his brothers? They were those who did the will of his Father in heaven. Imagine how his audience took that. Imagine what they thought Jesus thought of his mother and his brothers.
In the Gospels, Jesus told his disciples they could blaspheme him, and they would be forgiven, but if they blasphemed the Holy Ghost, they would not be forgiven. He put the Holy Ghost above himself.
In Jewish theology, the Spirit of God is Shekinah, gender female. Jesus was a rabbi, according to the Gospels. He was Jew, according ot the Gospels. Yet, Christendom gave the Holy Ghost a sex change operation, and turned its entire godhead into a man, made in the early Church’s image. What a crock.
I look forward to Pope Francis using the Gospels to melt down his XY chromosome church. His testosterone church. His steroid church. His stupid male supremacy club.
Perhaps Pope Francis starts by asking his church, if Mary Magdalene publicly washed Jesus’ feet with her hair and tears, and anointed his feet with precious oil she scarce could afford, what did she wash and anoint him with when they were in private?
And why did Jesus tell Mary Magdalene outside the tomb, and not his mother, who also was there, to go to the men disciples, who were hiding out, and tell them she had seen him and he would be with them shortly?
Duh, Mary Magdalene was his wife.
Maybe what Pope Francis and all others in Christendom also should be asking is, why did Jesus speak brusquely to and pejoratively of his mother in the Gospels?
Maybe Jesus and his mother will come to them, like they came to my sixth wife and me, and tell them the mother of God sexually molested Jesus when he was young, and that being kept secret has a great deal with why Christendom is so screwed up.
Didn’t Jesus tell his disciples in the Gospels, if they abided in him, they would come to know the truth and the truth would make them free?
Maybe the two older bigger hot mackerel are Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. Maybe the poisonous black nasty snake and the mostly black cat with a little white, which kept trying to turn into the snake, are the devil and Jesus’ mother.