This year, as we journey toward the cross, and later, the empty tomb, we not only prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, who became Christ; we work together to resurrect the Magdalene from 2000 years of dismissal. Together we invite Mary Magdalene to rise from the dead – the death that was accomplished at the hands of a patriarchal and hierarchical world that could not imagine a woman as equal to the man they made into a god.
Through a re-reading of scripture, input, discussion and prayerful contemplation, we will take Mary off the cross upon which she suffered her death and restore her to her rightful place as co-equal with Christ. Like Jesus, Mary became fully self-actualized, living by and for the purpose of Love, and is now showing us how to do the same.
In this space of time between the crucifixion and the resurrection on Easter Sunday, we rest in sacred pause, remembering that all the Divine has created is Good. In this, we remember the ancient tradition of the Divine as more than only male, and the sacred tradition of God’s feminine counterpart. She has been given many names, Shekinah, El-Shaddai, Ruah, Hokhmah, Sophia. Here, we simply call her Mother.
I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and I covered the earth like a mist. I had my tents in the heights and my throne in a pillar of cloud. Alone I encircled the vault of the sky, and I walked on the bottom of the deeps. Ecclesiasticus 24: 3-5
When the Most High set the heavens in place, I was there,
When God drew a ring on the surface of the deep,
When God fixed the clouds above,
When God fixed fast the wells of the deep,
When God assigned the sea its limits and the water did not invade the land,
When God extablished the foundations of the earth,
I was by God’s side, a master craftswoman,
Delighting God day by day
Ever at play by God’s side,
At play everywhere in God’s domain,
Delighting to be with the children of humanity.
Proverbs 8: 27-31
In the beginning, when The Mother created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then The Mother said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The Mother saw how good the light was. The Mother then separated the light from the darkness. The Mother called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day. Then The Mother said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.” And so it happened: The Mother made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. The Mother called the dome “the sky.” Evening came, and morning followed—the second day. Then The Mother said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear.” And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. The Mother called the dry land “the earth, ” and the basin of the water She called “the sea.” The Mother saw how good it was. Then The Mother said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.” And so it happened: the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. The Mother saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed—the third day. Then The Mother said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” And so it happened: The Mother made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and She made the stars. The Mother set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. The Mother saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day. Then The Mother said, “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.” And so it happened: The Mother created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. The Mother saw how good it was, and The Mother blessed them, saying, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day. Then The Mother said, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.” And so it happened: The Mother made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. The Mother saw how good it was. Then The Mother said: “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them be stewards of the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” The Mother created human beings in Her image; in the image of The Mother She created them; male and female She created them. The Mother blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Be stewards of the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” The Mother also said: “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.” And so it happened. The Mother looked at everything She had made, and She found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. Since on the seventh day The Mother was finished with the work She had been doing, She rested on the seventh day from all the work She had undertaken.
GN 1: 1-2:2