In all four gospel accounts of the resurrection, Mary Magdalene is the central figure. She is the first or among the first women to go to the tomb on Easter morning and was stunned. Mary is also is called by name by the risen Jesus. Jesus recognizes her extraordinary compassion and persevere at hope in coming to the tomb.
Then Jesus says something extraordinary. He instructs Mary, “Go to my brothers.” Jesus continues to call those who abandon him his brothers. In Jesus’ resurrection, the kingdom of God’s reconciling, peace, and merciful forgiveness is realized. And Mary of Magdala becomes the unlikely first messenger to Jesus’ brothers, that “the kingdom has come.”
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