The Spirit calls everyone to serve.
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Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
It seems amazing to me that for years whenever I read scripture like this today…I missed the part about the women who accompanied Jesus.
Of course…I was always reading from my male-centered viewpoint.
I was raised in a patriarchy dominated culture and the scripture I read was written by men from a male-dominated position.
It’s fairly amazing that the gospel writers actually included the women…but if they hadn’t, they wouldn’t have been true to reflecting what actually happened.
When women were mentioned by name…we know they must have been prominent in the story!
I can’t help but believe that describing them as having been “cured of evil spirits and infirmities” was just another way of making them inferior.
The bottom line is that women traveling with Jesus in his band of disciples would have been scandalous in that society.
But it happened.
How brave these women must have been to follow their call!
And yet…we have paid them little if any tribute.
Despite Jesus being inclusive of women in his followers…the Christian tradition pretty much relegated women to second class (or third class) status for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Due to being raised in the Catholic tradition…I have not been exposed to women in leadership positions in the Church.
That’s why I sometimes go to other churches where women preach…and I can tell you that the experience has greatly enriched my life.
Women have always been called to be in Christian ministry…and they continue to be called.
Let us open our hearts to this…and also to others who are not being included…and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in transformational dialogue.
If you feel you are not being included…know that I support you in following your calling.
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