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Friday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 20, 2019

Friday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time


1 Timothy 6:2c-12

Psalm 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

Luke 8:1-3

 

Gospel Reading

 

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.

 

Reflection


Jesus and His Women Disciples

 

Recently Pope Francis has invited theologians to come up with a comprehensive “theology of woman” which according to him is a dire need of the time. Among the evangelists it was Luke who projected and promoted to role of women in the ministry of Jesus. Today’s Gospel enumerates the travelling band of Jesus which symbolized the prototype of the Church or the evolving and emerging kingdom of God. The twelve apostles represented the twelve tribes of Israel while women comprised the second element of his travelling band. It was not uncommon for rich women to support rabbis and their disciples. But for women to leave their homes and travel with a rabbi was not only unheard of, it was scandalous as well. Even more outrageous was the fact that among Jesus’ travelling companions there were dignified as well as women of disrepute. Mary called Magdalene from whom seven demons were removed, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, a noble woman from the household of Herod found their meeting point in Jesus. These faithful women were not like appendix or beneficiaries of a self-sufficient men’s organization. In fact, they were the contributors and sustainers of that group out of their resources.

 

In Jesus we see the convergence of men and women, married and single, healthy and ailing, wealthy and poor. These women were the faithful witnesses of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. While, one of his male disciples betrayed him and the rest deserted him and finally collectively decided to return to their traditional occupation to fend for themselves it these women who ventured to visit the tomb and bore witness to the resurrection of Jesus. However, even after two millenniums; the inadequacy imposed on women by patriarchal societies and religions still lingers like smog blinding to the vision of many. Listen once again to what Pope Francis has to say, “I’ve said it, but I repeat it. Our Lady, Mary, was more important than the Apostles, than bishops, deacons and priests. In the Church, woman is more important than bishops and priests; how? That’s what we must seek to make more explicit, because theological explicitness about this is lacking. Thank you.” I think Pope Francis has made his mind unambiguously clear. Now the ball is in our court.

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

 

 


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