Recognized as the first apostle, the first to greet the risen Christ, to announce him to those gathered, waiting, is Mary Magdalene. A woman of wisdom, she had long sat at his feet and deeply understood his divine message. Her open heart simply received the Spirit-filled Christ and rejoiced in what others accepted more slowly through mists of confusion.

Easter morning in the Garden,
He returns to her
From divine realms.
The Alpha and Omega. She understands.

The graceful falconer
Has called the Christ,
Her falcon,
To her, to us.

And thus speaks
The medieval mystic.
May we also
Be tethered to these two.