As we continued our journey in Israel with Nia Peeples, the age-old question as to the identity of Mary Magdalene became a topic of regular discussion. With child-like intrigue, she asked many people who we came upon what their thoughts/beliefs were on Mary Magdalene. If you have learned something about Mary Magdalene on your faith journey, please share it with us…
On my way back to the airport in Tel Aviv I asked our Israeli driver, Uri, who he believed Mary Magdalene was and what the general consensus was of his peers, colleagues, friends and family members there in Israel. “Well,” he said, with a little edge on his voice, “I think she was a very smart woman. Maybe a little too strong and outspoken for her time and the men didn’t like that. So they gave her a bad reputation.” All I could think was, “WOW. If she had the courage to speak her mind and be her true self back then, what have I been so afraid of?”
What is the Truth? The Truth of Mary Magdalene? Sinner or Saint?
From the ancient Gospel of Mary discovered in upper Egypt, to modern day feature films, never in history has there been a woman of such mystery; misunderstood, misrepresented and under represented for thousands of years. But does there exist a clue in the very name she carried? She was not identified as the daughter of her father or the sister of her brother as was customary in those days. No. She stood alone and was referred to as Mary of Magdala. Who was this woman of mystery and why this discovery now? – Nia
NIA PEEPLES Nia Peeples’ career has spanned over two decades. With her award-winning performances in a variety of disciplines—film, television, music, and dance—Nia has proven herself to be both the consummate entertainer and one of those rare artists whose passionate expression actually transcends the medium. Nia has made her biggest mark as an actor. Best known for her turns on “Fame,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” and most recently “Pretty Little Liars,” Nia is in her own words an “actor, dancer, writer, director, mother and friend—exploring, expressing and experiencing all things beauty, body and being.”
Each of us is on our own journey as we walk this earth. Our goal is to find the path that leads us to perfect union with God and we are thankful for the saints who have gone before us to show the way. They exemplify the beauty of the diversity with which God has a personal relationship with each one of us. He knows how to meet us exactly where we are in every moment of our lives and we are grateful to those like Nia who are open to sharing their story.
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“Lord, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux