115 MARY FROM MAGDALA 115
This Mary is known from the common Gospels as one of those women who provided for Jesus and the apostles out of their means. She was perhaps a women who was healed by Jesus. She went with Jesus on the last journey to Jerusalem, witnessed the Crucifixion, followed to the burial and returned to prepare spices. She did find the tomb empty and had an interview with the risen Jesus. She has been confused with an unnamed fallen women who anointed Christ's feet The word Magdala has
after that been misunderstood. She is not the sister of Lazarus and Martha.
The Gnostic Christians did hide such Gospels as "Gospel of Mary" from the persecution of the anti-Gnostic majority. Part was found 1896 in "The Akhim Codex" and published by G R S Mead in his book "Fragments of a faith forgotten"1900-1906. We read that Peter requests Mary to proclaim what the Lord had revealed to her, thus acknowledging the great distinction which the Lord had always permitted her above all women. She tells them what the Lord had appeared in a dream .
Andrew and Peter rejects her testimony. But pages are missing. The Nag Hammadi Library was found 1945 and published 19978 with many Gnostic fragments as The Gospel of Mary where the Lord speaks a Gnosis about nature and sin and sickness and death. Jesus says "the Son of Man is within you. Follow after him. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed for you and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it. Mary is the Saviour's beloved possessed of knowledge and reaching superior to that of the public apostolic tradition. Her superiority is based on vision and private relation and is demonstrated in her capacity to strengthen the wavering disciples and turn them toward the Good. The Gospel of Mary was originally written in Greek some time in the second century. Now do we have fragments of Coptic copies. The confrontation of Mary with Peter is also found in the Gospel of Thomas and in the Pistis Sophia and the Gospel of the Egyptians.
Mary says once that the Lord has " prepared us and made us into men" In the Gospel of Thomas (114) do we find the same expression as when the Lord says about Mary " I will make a man of her so that she is a living spirit like a real man. Jesus says: each women who makes her self into a man shall enter heaven. This is a Gnostic expression or parable: each common soul is named a women but the enlightened spiritual soul is named a real man. These types of parables may not be liked and not understood by majorities of people. But in old religious parables is our higher nature often named divine man or son and the lower more human nature is equalled to a women. That does not hinder Gnostics to write about the highest God as divine Mother. It is one of the difficult problems that human words are not fitted to express divine realities
In the Gospel of Mary we may read that Peter says to Mary: "Sister, we know that the Saviour loved you more than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Saviour you remember" Mary answered and said What is hidden to you I will proclaim to you. And she began to speak to them these words
She said "I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him Lord I saw you to day in a vision.
He answered and said to me Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of me
For where the mind is there is the treasure I said to him: Lord, now does he who sees the vision see it (through ) the soul (or) through "the spirit" The Saviour answered and said He does not see through the soul , not through the spirit, but the mind which (is) between the two - that is (what) sees the vision and it is ( Here is still missing pages) When Mary had said this she fell silent since it was to this point that the Saviour had spoken with her. Andrew answered and said to the brethren: Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Saviour said this for certainly these teaching are strange ideas. Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things. He questioned them about the Saviour: Did He really speak with a women without our knowledge (and) not openly? Are we to "turn about and all listen to her- Did He prefer her ?
Then Mary wept and said to Peter My brother Peter what do you think Do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart or that I am lying about the Saviour. Levi answered and said to Peter .... you have always been hot-tempered Now I see you contended against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Saviour made her worthy why are you indebted to reject her. Surely the Saviour knows her very well That is why he loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and
put on the perfect man…… ( We find here again the expression "the perfect" man)
and acquire him for ourselves as he "commanded us and preach the Gospel not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Saviour said
GOSPELS from women with gnosis are not many today but as said above we do find more and more fragments. The Gnostic original Christians did as Jesus speak about the Holy Ghost as divine Mother, of Christ, of Gods and of all. In the Free Catholic Church and its services is the Holy Ghost named in the original Gnostic way as "the divine Mother, Theotokos in Greek, that is the Mother of God. In the very old Egyptian, Jewish and Indian religions we do find the same idea about the divine Mother. Messias was the "son of the Queen" who in the Jewish rite was representing the motherhood of God. Later on in history we have seen how God has among exoteric common Jews- Christians been understood as only male. That mistake has had bad result. But when now the Gnostic fragments are coming back and permitted we may believe that a more enlightened time comes The Lady Mary is for many Orthodox and Catholic branches a representative or even incarnation of the Universal Mother, Holy Ghost. Wisdom = Prajna Paramita of Buddhists, Isis in ancient Egyptian Mysteries and with other names in gnosis of Indians and in Jewish Kabala. Chinese Dragons and words of Mohammed are remains of the same hidden Wisdom. The Free Catholic Church does not abolish the Father-Mother-prophets of religions - only restoring and pointing to the non-manifested Pleroma