Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 24: Saint Mary Clopas

Salome, Mary Magdalene and Mary Clopas
are told by an angel that Jesus has risen
from the dead. Illustration by Smirke.


We don’t know too much about Saint Mary Clopas, other than that she loved Jesus, she’s the mother two sons (James and Joseph) and the wife of Cleophas. Her son James was one of the Apostles, and some scholars think that her husband was the brother of Saint Joseph, our Lord’s foster-father. This would explain her sometimes being called the “sister of Mary” - meaning sister-in-law. Mary Clopas was with the Blessed Mother and Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion (John 19:25), and she also accompanied Mary Magdalene to the Lord’s tomb to anoint His body (Matthew 28:1), so she was one of the first to find out about His Resurrection. 


This is Holy Week, so we are still celebrating Easter! Today, imagine what it must have been like to be full of sorrow and to go to Jesus’ tomb, only to find it empty! Then, choose one of these coloring pages (simple, medium, complex) and make a beautiful picture to show how you think the women felt when they found out Christ is risen.

Saint Mary Clopas, pray for us!

More reading for parents:

Catholic Encyclopedia