Luke reveals to us in todays gospel that Jesus had many followers and disciples who were women. Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna are mentioned by name, showing that they were important disciples that were recognized as part of the inner circle of the Lord.
How remarkable! In an age when women were considered little more than chattel, Jesus appears to have treated them with much the same respect as his male disciples.
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.
Of course, now we know that women are at least the equal of men when it comes to discipleship. Honestly, the holiness of the women in my own life inspires me. Perhaps you, too, have been touched by the spiritual gifts of the women in your lives. Their lives of faith, hope and love bring Jesus closer to all of us.
All holy women, pray for us.