Of all of Jesus’ desciples, the legendary Mary of Magdela is said to have been the most spiritually mature, most understanding of the gospel and very likely the wisest of His followers. It is believed that she was humble and most faithful. However, due to her profession and being a woman, her existence was stigmatized.
To this day, women are often classified by societal standards that are inequivelant. All over the world they are at times placed in complex life circumstances due to gender inequality, leaving the only self-sustaining options for survival to be things on black market, such as prostitution, exotic and/or erotic services. Some outside views may be that the rewards are glamourous and perhaps the profit is worth it. Unfortunately, the truth is that it is not always as profitable as most would think and the atmosphere can be dangerous.
Many women are subjected to mental and physical abuse in what’s known to be the oldest profession of mankind. These jobs are not often a choice, but a necessity. Instead of being understood as humans in a tough spot, they are viewed as criminalized Jezebels and often given jailtime when- believe it or not, some of them are actually great people with good hearts and the ambition to otherwise achieve upstanding goals in their lifetimes.
Today, some of these women may also be career women by day, ranging anywhere from doctors and teachers to students and mothers, simply trying to sustain their families in times of turbulent economical climate. Others know the industry as a recession-proof opportunity, or have chosen it as long-term work for this reason. However what I find most interesting is that erotic industry workers are criminalized by accusers who often use or have used the services themselves, quite honestly.
It’s a shame that in most societies today, women are still seen as burdensome and worthless (which I’ll never understand, seeing as they’re chosen to cradle life into the world, a true miracle in itself). Many women in general are subject to cruel acts of humanity simply because of their gender, which God has given the precedence of male sperm to DETERMINE, thus leading me to question other issues like gendercide and how it is a woman’s fault when she bare girls instead of boys???
It leaves me to wonder how we find it acceptable to judge one another by their circumstance over their character, when the truth is that we all have skeletons in the closet and most things we judge were outside of our control to begin with?
The story of Mary Magdalene is a testament to what God is truly about; ONE LOVE. No one knows the journey of another or why they’ve been purposed on such a walk. Just because our ideologies of Jesus are glamourized by His miraculous deeds doesn’t mean He was not seen as filth and perhaps even a little smelly with all that traveling He must’ve done. Maybe just as dusty as the homeless Wo/Man sitting next to us on the bus. Imagine sitting next to Jesus without knowing? Or Gahndi? Or Muhammed? Or Mother Mary? Or the Buddha? Or Siddhartha? Or Ganesh? Or Olu? Or your distant cousin?
We all deserve respect because we’re all interconnected. We see a man who didn’t judge a woman by her gender or profession and gained a loyal friend from it. This piece explores the legend of Mary Magdalene, as my thoughts rummage through the feelings of what it’s like to be in a place such as hers.