Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him,as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
As I reflected on this gospel, I struggled to collect my thoughts and had so many questions. Why is it so short? Why does Luke mention each woman by name, but refers to the Apostles as “the Twelve”? Poor Mary Magdalene, was she the only person who had demons cast out?
Brother Matt Wooters helped me see it with new eyes. Jewish society was very segregated between the genders at this time. No surprise that Jesus ignored the societal norms and was radically inclusive. Radically inclusive- that’s worth repeating. The fact that Jesus spent time with women and saw them as equals, was Radical.
In my own life I struggle to be as radically inclusive as Jesus. I feel safe when I’m around my friends and family, people who are similar to me, people who share my opinions and experiences. Jesus is calling me to be a Woman for AND with Others, all others, not just those with whom I am comfortable.
So, how can we be more radically inclusive like Jesus? Who are the people we keep far away from us? Those we don’t listen to with open hearts?
-Ms. Kate Toussaint teaches Spanish and is the moderator of STUCO at St. Louis U. High.
“Mary, Star of the new evangelization, help us to say our own “yes” to the call to proclaim the good news of Jesus; that the Joy of the Gospel may reach all, illuminating even the fringes of our world.”