Gospel: Luke 8:1-3
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.
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Mass intention Danny Mallett RIP.
In our Gospel today, some women supporters “who provided for them out of their resources” were mentioned. Down through the ages, we have witnessed women’s participation in the life of the Church. The likes of Our Lady, Mary Magdalene, Clare of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Calcutta, Mary Potter, Dorothy Day, and Mother Angelica come to mind. In our parish, there are numerous women who accompany the Lord in “preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God”. We have the Poor Clare nuns. We have women parishioners serving in the parish’s various ministries. And in our own families (a.k.a. The Domestic Church), we have our grandmothers, mothers, wives, aunts, sisters, daughters, and other relations who have looked/are looking after us. All of them doing their best to encourage us to accompany too Our Lord in reaching out to others.
- Name a woman who influenced your faith. How did she accompany you in your journey of faith?
- How do we value the role of women in the Church?
- What example can you learn from the women supporters of Jesus, both in the Gospel and now?
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word today. Through the prayers and example of Saint Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and other holy women, inspire us to be generous of our time, talents, and treasures for Your work of evangelisation. Amen.