Mary played a larger role in his life than the official stories let on. For starters, she partly financed Jesus' preaching and travels, according to Luke 8:3. Mary stayed at the cross with Jesus even after all but one of the male apostles had fled. On Easter Sunday, Mary was not only the first to visit Jesus' empty tomb but also the first to whom Jesus revealed himself. There's a theory behind why her role may have been downplayed: after a feud between Mary and Peter, the first head of the Christian church, Peter downplayed Mary's importance and circulated rumors that she was a prostitute.