Today is the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene and I can relate well with her in many ways. Today’s Gospel from John 20:1-18 reminds us that she was the first person recorded in scripture to see Jesus after His resurrection. But what I relate to most was that she was a sinner and Jesus cast out 7 demons from her. Many scripture scholars I am told relate this to the seven deadly sins.
From deadlysins.com website:
Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.
Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.
Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.
Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.
Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.
In my journey, I am guilty of all and daily must seek God’s grace to fight off the temptations of all these capital sins. Without God, I think we are all capable of burying ourselves in these sins as well as breaking all the 10 Commandments. St. Mary Magdalene found Jesus and remained loyal to Him even at the cross. I hope to do the same. St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us.