Galilean women follow Jesus
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?