From “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” Commentary by Jean-Yves Leloup

I’m reading THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE, translation from the Coptic*, and commentary, by Jean-Yves Leloup. Mary Magdalene’s testament to the words of Christ was one the men of the early Catholic Church excluded from the Bible. (She was a woman.) Some of the dried parchment papers of her text are missing; thus, her witness account is incomplete and Leloup’s book is not long. It is powerful, however. The author’s insightful commentary, as you will see below, tends to ‘bring one up short.’ Books that help us understand both how far we are from oneness with God/Love, yet how much potential we have to become so, should be in everyone’s library.

Of note, it was a pope long ago who labeled Mary Magdalene a prostitute; this portrayal of her is written nowhere in the Bible, and the Catholic Church officially retracted this inaccuracy years ago. Leloup considers it possible that  the meaning of Mary Magdalene being ‘healed of seven demons,’ is an account of when Jesus Christ brought Mary Magdalene’s seven chakras** into alignment, as they were created to be, when a human becomes one with the Divine. Regardless, the two were obviously close, as she is the first person he speaks to after His resurrection.

Anyway, as the book has ‘brought me up short’ in every section, I thought I’d quote this paragraph and perhaps share the experience:

“Happy are those who are able to remain sensitive to the misery and suffering of others. The future belongs to the pure and gentle, not to the rigid purists of all our fundamentalism. If the latter have the purity of angels, they also have the pride of demons, like all grand and petty inquisitors who shed blood in the name of purity, religious faith, traditional values, or race. The greatest crimes against humanity are always committed in the name of goodness and the need to preserve integrity and purity. We have yet to fully appreciate the danger and delusion of purity without mercy.”
~Jean-Yves Leloup

Succinctly and powerfully said, don’t you think?

*English translation by Joseph Rowe
**Circular, spinning points of spiritual energy in our bodies, arranged from the top of our heads to the base of our spines

4 thoughts on “From “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” Commentary by Jean-Yves Leloup

    • Yes, I believe he was, too. He did, though, bring messages that we humans pretty much ignore. Sometimes we need someone wise to remind us. Thank you for stopping by.

  1. Pam, the paragraph pulled is powerful!! .I am impressed by your unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I love reading fiction but seem to have run out of steam for reading non-fictional texts that are full of interesting information. I really appreciate you sharing pieces from the books that you read. Kim

    • Thanks, Kim. I love fiction, too, but there’s not a lot to quote from them–usually. Sometimes there is, though, and I’ll have to remember to do so when I come across the good stuff.
      This book is profound and I noticed that is was originally published in French by Albin Michael,S.A. (Franciscan Sisters/Brothers of the Atonement), so he should probably get the credit for the depth of spiritual understanding. There’s lots to quote from; I will do more.
      The author discusses in detail how important it was in Jesus’time for Jewish men to be married and offers, not lightly, that it is possible Jesus was married and since he kissed Mary Magdalene on the lips and ‘preferred her over other women,’ and appeared to her first after His resurrection, it was likely her. Of course, this is considered blasphemy to some. But there is a ‘myth’ that the pregnant Mary Magdalene left Jerusalem and landed in the south (I think) of France and that Jesus does have descendants. What a great mystery!

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