Many Catholics mistakenly link Mary Magdalene with the “sinful woman” who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears (see Luke 7:36–50). Even though Pope Gregory the Great (590–604) said that they were, they are not the same person. The Gospels affirm that Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. She was called the “apostle to the apostles” for proclaiming that fact.
Thanks to the Gospels, we know who Jesus’ disciples were. First and foremost there was Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Vatican II expressly referred to her as the “perfect disciple of Jesus.” Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father is my disciple.”