The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
What we know about Mary Magdalene comes from the canonical Gospels of the New Testament and a group of fringe materials known as the Gnostic gospels, which were rejected by the Roman Catholic Church.
The suppression of early Christian literature began when Constantine became emperor
of Rome and declared Christianity as the religion of the entire Roman Empire. The
Council of Nicea decided which texts would become standards of the Church. These became
known as the official Canonical Gospels. Those not chosen were attacked as unofficial and
heretical. They were suppressed.
In 1945, a stash of alternative texts was found in a large clay jar in the desert of Nag Hammadi, near Phou, Egypt. These have become known as the Gnostic gospels which focused on gnosis, meaning “inner knowing” and “self- knowledge.” The Gospel of Mary Magdalene was among the texts found in 1896, later going through different translations. A French scholar, Jean-Yves Leloup, and a translator of this material gives his awesome perspective of this mysterious woman in his book, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Addressing complex historical questions, he exquisitely uses his spiritual symbolic knowledge to unlock what the significance of this woman’s words and actions are for us today.
What we learn is that Mary Magdalene is the only woman mentioned in all four canonical texts besides Mother Mary. She is healed by Jesus and freed from seven demons. She waits at the foot of the cross with John the Apostle and Mother Mary during the Crucifixion. She is the first to see Jesus resurrected from the tomb.
That she was healed of seven demons gave Pope Gregory his opportunity to place a stigma on her as a whore. This was repealed in l969 by the church as an error, but most people do not know this since it was in the back pages of a newspaper.
Since Jesus Christ heals her of the seven deadly sins: pride, lust, envy, anger, covetousness, gluttony, and sloth, the way has been cleared. She becomes a channel of light and possesses clear seeing.
This is what the shamans did for me. They cleared my toxic thoughts and discordant perceptions to make the way for a new liver to come and save my life! And Magdalene held me in her arms.