Reading: Luke 8:1-3
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
Jesus takes with him his disciples, the twelve, and some women go with him. Three things we might think:
Jesus brings Good News: we can see the Lord being who he is. The one who came to proclaim and announce the good news of the Kingdom of God: The Gospel.
Women with Jesus: Although the rabbis used to have disciples, none counted among them a woman. Jesus makes evident what Paul is going to express when he says that in Christ there is “neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female”. Man (or woman) only finds true value and identity in Christ.
Women who served: very different women, from a woman freed from evil spirits to a noblewoman, but each one of them had placed her faith in Jesus, and evidenced it by following him and serving him with what they had (their labor, their goods). From gratitude and knowledge of Jesus comes service.
MEDITATE: May we too follow and serve the One who brings the Good News of Peace!