What about the Ladies ?

In todays Gospel ( Luke 8:1)  The Lord is in transit.. ” 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.”

I read this passage this morning and the first thing that came to my mind was  ” Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza…”   Where in the world is Chuza during this time ?   Was he back at Herod’s court ?  Was Herod giving him a load of grief during this time ?  This was one of the children that Herod wanted to kill some 30 years ago ?!

Can you see your life in this situation ?   In a two parent, working family where both parents are forced to work in order to make ends meet, is one spouse able to let the other one go in order to accomplish the good of the home ?  Late hours, Working weekends, and time away is part of our lives today where more and more “the job” is taking over more and more of the time we had previously devoted to home.   I wonder how Chuza felt about his wife running around to different towns with this guy Jesus ?

How different is it where the Father/Husband is absent from the wife ?    The Absentee Father, absentee husband, Are you physically absent ? Mentally or emotionally absent from your spouse ?

In fact we are not told anything except the fact that there were these ladies, and several others.  We are not even told if the several others were all ladies or men and ladies both.  Some of those people were married and no comment was made about what happened with them.

Then there is the other part of the puzzle.  They were called, either by name or in spirit to follow Jesus and provide for the good of the community.    Place yourself in their shoes.  Can you say that you would leave your job, your spouse, your life as a whole, to go and follow Christ.   Obviously Christ is not asking us to leave our spouses permanently, he may ask sacrifices of our time.  Our spouses are flesh of our flesh.  We become one body in the sacrament of marriage.

Sometimes I think it would have been nice to have heard more stories of the ladies present during the Gospel narratives.   These indeed were strong, spirited, and bold women who stood the test along with the men.   Is it really so different today ?   If you dont believe me, sit for a while and listen to the stories of some of the religious sisters  who have done missionary work in the poorest parts of the world.   I would dare to say that some of us might not have fared as well.

I would encourage you to take some time to read some of the stories of the Women in Bible.  I promise you will be impressed !


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