Manila Bulletin

Galilean women fol­low Je­sus

- LUKE 8:1-3 Women's Rights · Religion · Human Rights · Spirituality · Society

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.

RE­FLEC­TION THE TWELVE AND SOME WOMEN. As Je­sus goes through towns and vil­lages pro­claim­ing the good news of God’s King­dom, the Twelve and some women ac­com­pany him. Some of these women fol­low­ers of Je­sus are well-off: Joanna is the wife of Herod’s stew­ard Chuza; Su­sanna and the oth­ers pro­vide for the group’s ma­te­rial needs out of their own re­sources. The ser­vice they ren­der is their re­sponse to the teach­ing of Je­sus and es­pe­cially to his heal­ing power that cured them of evil spir­its and in­fir­mi­ties. The pas­sage shows that not only men but also women are called to be Je­sus’ dis­ci­ples and wit­nesses. The mes­sage of the Gospel is uni­ver­sal. Peo­ple from all walks of life — men and women, rich and poor, sin­ners and saints — are welcome to be Je­sus’ dis­ci­ples. Each one has a role to play in the procla­ma­tion of the good news of God’s King­dom. Be­ing with Je­sus, lis­ten­ing to him, and fol­low­ing his teach­ings work to­wards the trans­for­ma­tion of one’s stan­dards into the val­ues of God’s King­dom.

How will­ing am I to be with Je­sus and to be his dis­ci­ple?

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