February 25, 2021
Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. Luke 8:1-3 ESV
These introductory verses to chapter 8 are easy to overlook. Yet, they flesh out two key ideas:
- Women were an integral part of Jesus’ ministry: They cared for the men’s physical and financial needs.
- Unity in diversity: These women represented a cross-section of society. They were economically and sociologically diverse. Still, they worked together in one accord.
We read in the concluding remarks of Paul’s letters as well as the book of acts that women also played an integral role in hospitality and leadership. This is the radical nature of our Gospel: It liberates those bound by cultural norms, and it is for all people who put their faith in Christ.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling