Twenty Fourth Week in Ordinary
Gospel: Lk 8: 1-3
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.
THE MISSION OF JESUS: Jesus in on His ministry to towns and villages, preaching about the Kingdom of God. We see Him accompanied by His disciples, men and women. They want to imitate and participate in His ministry and that is why they follow. Jesus values women as they offer their services. He allows them to witness his passion and death, and privileges them to be first witnesses in his resurrection. To imitate Jesus is to walk in His footsteps and to teach His Word. That is why Timothy in the first reading warns those who teach anything different and that is contrary to the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to imitate Christ and to teach what is not contrary with what He taught us.
PRAYER: Lord, enlighten us with your Word.
***** TRUE WOMEN FOLLOWERS OF JESUS TODAY: Maggy Barankitse of Burundi was adopted daughter of Justine, because her father and other members of her family were killed in genocide. She expressed her wish to the foster father that she would like to visit her family’s killer, and would forgive him. She made an incredible choice in her life. She asked the unbelieving man who killed her family to be her father. He agreed and together they rebuilt her father’s house. When the man got ill, Justine took care of him, and she bitterly wept at his death and arranged flowers for his funeral. But, the man’s dying words to Maggy are even more touching: Thank you, Maggy, because now I die like a human person, not like a killer. Your forgiveness gave me back hope, love, and life.” Many women followed Jesus and accompanied Jesus by providing what they had with them. Many women in Africa still follow Jesus and His values of love, forgiveness and service.