Our Partners in Mission

Luke 8: 1-3
1 Tim 6: 2c-12 / Psa 49

Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God.
(Luke 8:1)

Our Lord Jesus showed us the way,
Everywhere He made the Word known.
Let us pray that in our hearts may
The seed of God’s kingdom be sown.

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. The 12 were with Him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own s. (Luke 8: 1-3)

Reflection

Today’s very brief Gospel account of Luke tells much about the ministry of Jesus. First, Luke seems to emphasize the urgency of Jesus in travelling from one town and village to another, almost without rest. We read in the earlier account of Luke that when the disciples urged Jesus to return to the sick people who were waiting for Him, He responded: “I must preach the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is the reason why I was sent” (Lk. 4:43). Proclaiming the Good News was more important to Him than healing the sick and expelling evil spirits.

Luke also qualified that aside from the twelve apostles who accompanied our Lord, there were also a lot of women with Him, most of whom perhaps owed Him a debt of gratitude for their healing, but more likely because they had also come to believe in Him as the Savior of Israel, the Messiah. Finally, Luke tells us here that the women not only accompanied Jesus, but also gave support to Him and His apostles out of their own means. These were the very women who fearlessly accompanied Jesus to Calvary, and stood by Him at the cross. Some of them, notably Mary Magdalene, were even more privileged than the apostles themselves as they were the first to discover His empty tomb, and witnessed our Lord’s resurrection.

Luke’s Gospel for today may be telling us that our sisters in the ministry are our vital partners in evangelization. We should not worry if our brotherhood is being overwhelmed by women, for their ancestors have shown the important roles that women have played in the course of our Church history.

When our chapter opened an outreach in South Cotabato, the brothers hardly worried about where the money would be coming from, or who would take charge of the meals and snacks, or who would be handling the secretariat of the Christian Life Programs. In these matters, the sisters were in charge, and we could only wonder what would have happened to our mission had our women not come along.

We thank You, Father God for the example of our Mother Mary, and all other saints like Mary Magdalene, St. Therese and Mother Teresa, who have shown us that there is no distinction between men and women, because we are all Your children. Amen.

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