Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Women in the Scriptures: Daily Mass Homily--Friday, September 20th, 2013

           Women play an important role in the Scriptures.  Granted, this role is often in quiet and behind the scenes ways, but is essential nonetheless.
            Luke reports in his Gospel: “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.”
            What Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna actually did to serve the Lord is not made clear.  But these women played an essential role in Jesus’ ministry as they “provided for them out of their resources.”  We often forget that Jesus—even though he was God—still needed to eat, get laundry done and have a place to stay.  These women provided for such practical needs.
            I see you Sisters of St. Scholastica acting in similar ways.  As a monastery, you are in a sense hidden from the world.  The good work you do often goes unnoticed as it is done quietly and humbly.  Never lose sight of how important your work and prayers are for our community, Church and world.
            The greatest disciple ever was a woman—Mary.  Yet she is quoted only twice in the Scriptures in her Magnificat and Fiat.  Mary is the eminent model that we can do great things in quiet ways.

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