Wednesday Vesper: The Female Love Trinity
As I have been reflecting on the end of Jesus’ ministry and the events of holy week, I was struck by the fact that in the end, he was mostly surrounded by women. The disciples were in hiding, fearing for their lives. At the cross and at the tomb, there are women. As with most references to women, there is some confusion and vagueness. Either they aren’t named or they are all named Mary. So left to my own devices, here is the female love trinity I came up with: Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene, who many believe is also Mary the sister of Martha; and Martha. That’s my trinity, Mary, Mary and Martha. And what do they represent? You know I’m out on a limb here with the metaphysics of Reverend Joy.
First, it is interesting that as we strip the metaphor down, only love surrounds the Christ consciousness as its humanity falls away. Only love responds to the awakened and resurrected Christ essence on Easter morning. Resurrection is not an intellectual process so maybe it makes sense that the male energy representing intellect is not present at the tomb.
Let’s begin with Mary, the mother. Surrendered human love that nurtures our human development, Mary represents a high vibration of human love. Love that remains in the human endeavors of birthing new life and tending to our young and developing humanity. Mary not only gave birth, she raised him and sought him at the temple when he wandered away. She nudged him into his first miracle demonstration—even when he didn’t think he was ready. And she endured the shattering of his humanity on the cross. Nurturing love is not limited to parenting and it may not even be limited to developing human beings. Yet it is a self-less, creative love committed to developing those creative endeavors and other human beings as we begin to understand the power of our Christ consciousness.
Then there is Martha. What do we remember about Martha? She is definitely love in action.
Busy sweeping and cooking, preparing to host Jesus, Martha is a love language we sometimes discount because it requires balance. So easily we get out of balance with the action and activities of service we neglect to nurture ourselves and our own spiritual growth. Mother Teresa was certainly an embodiment of Martha and in private letters she lamented the disconnection she felt from her spiritual connection. We have it, we lose it, we find it, we forget it. Martha went to get Jesus when the sister’s brother Lazarus died. Martha stays in service to love and the Christ consciousness and that is its own powerful demonstration.
Finally, there is Mary Magdalene. What acts do we think of related to this Mary? As the sister of Martha she chose the activity of sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to the teaching. The gospels also relate a woman using expensive oil to anoint either the head or feet of Jesus. In the account of the anointing in John, it mentions Martha was serving at the dinner. Mary anoints the feet of Jesus and wipes his feet with her hair, a moment of exquisite intimacy between our humanity and our Christ consciousness. Mary is chastised by Judas in John, for wasting expensive perfume they could have sold and given money to the poor. But Jesus responds, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” Mary Magdalene represents that aspect of love that keeps its focus on the divine. It is the adoration of the infinite nature of God and through love and meditation, the insistent communion with Oneness. While we might think that Mary Magdalene represents the highest vibration of our human love faculty, in fact, it is important to remember that we are all the characters. We embody all of the trinity. And like all the trinities we have, we are not one in isolation but a dynamic dance among all the posts as we live each day. We are Mary and Martha and Mary Magdalene.
Male and female, we are all the attributes of love and in relationship with our Christ consciousness.
We grieve our losses; we aspire to an intimacy with our Christ consciousness and we lose ourselves in the doing of service sometimes. Holy week brings it all into focus.