Friday, Sept. 22

Women belong in the picture

Women, as today’s gospel makes clear, accompanied Jesus in his ministry. They left their families to follow him and offered financial support for his mission. They stood by him at the cross, and all four gospels place women at the tomb when the resurrected Christ is revealed. As scripture scholar Elizabeth Johnson points out in her groundbreaking book Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology, “Jesus Christ included women in his community, not as subordinates to males, but as equal sisters to their brothers.” Many of us, men and women alike, still struggle with seeing women in their fundamental humanity as equals to men. Think about the ways you overlook women when it comes to spiritual leadership.

TODAY'S READINGS: 1 Timothy 6:2c-12; Luke 8:1-3 (447).
“Some women were with Jesus who had been cured by him: Mary, called Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others.”

Thursday, Sept. 21

FEAST OF MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

Take your seat at the table

The names of the apostles are integral to our story of faith, but in truth, we know very little about many of them. Bits of information from the gospels and Acts of the Apostles do allow a glimpse of their lives in the first Christian community. The rest we can only prayerfully imagine. We know that Matthew collected from his
Jewish kin the hated Roman tax and that he associated with other tax collectors and “sinners.” What we can prayerfully imagine is Jesus sharing a meal with them, and then we might wonder if we would have joined them at table.

TODAY'S READINGS: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Matthew 9:9-13 (643).
“I have come to call not the self-righteous.”