Lydia

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We all know how important women are to the Church.  Or at least we should.  Women are, by and large, more committed to doing the grunt work of church life than men.  They have also given invaluable service as ministers of hospitality.  Evidently, this has been the case since the beginning of the Church, as we learn in today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.

So today, as we celebrate Memorial Day and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, let us also recognize and remember those women whose love and devotion to the Lord Jesus have built up the Church over the last two thousand years.

We love you, our sisters.  God’s work couldn’t be done without you!

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