Magdala (For the Feast of Mary Magdalene

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
– Luke 8:1-3

It was as if a prison had opened
and the crazed in-mates had fled,
taking their violence and hatred out
into the hell they most desired,

leaving me at the open gate,
the sunlight breaking through the veil
of death and prison on my face
for the first time since I’d learnt to breathe,

and it smelt as though all air
that I had before now breathed
had not ever been true air
and all suns before now paled

before the bright gleaming Son
standing by the gate’s swinging door,
ushering me into the fields
that he painted now before me.

Come, my child, he said to me,
and out we walked, the demons gone,
the strong man fleeing for his life,
the clouds no match for this bright Son,

and through death’s dark valley we walked,
we two and the other captives dancing
with us on the road to death and life,
only a cross, a tomb and stone between them,

and them no match for him who slew
the demons with his fiery voice
and opened up the prisons with
the love in the palms of his open hands.

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