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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Friday 24th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 8,1-3): Jesus walked through towns and countryside, preaching and giving the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve followed him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary called Magdalene, who had been freed of seven demons; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod's steward; Suzanna and others who provided for them out of their own funds.

The women

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus walks with the twelve and some women, spreading the Word. There is a considerable difference between the way the disciples follow Jesus and the way the women do. The Gospels leave us in No doubt that “many” women formed part of the constituency of believers and that they “accompanied Jesus in the faith” which was essential to being part of this community. This is clearly demonstrated later on at the foot of the Cross and at the resurrection.

In opposition to the customs of the times where women were considered secondary citizens, Christ started a sort of female emancipation. Femininity completes humanity as much as masculinity does but in very different ways; Women have a special sensitivity to be able to capture what is new, different and great, what is mysterious that appears in Jesus Christ. He brings them into his company in a special way and from this comes forth the "Womanly Charisma".

—Mary, you are blessed among all women and mother of the church.