Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him,as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
This Gospel reads as the note of a traveler noting only essential words and people. Underneath this summary, moments of encounter unfold, but I feel I am left in the dark. The sparse report leaves me with an overwhelming sense of curiosity. Who are these women? What are their stories? How might I come to know them? The word “accompaniment” implies a relationship; how did they come to know Jesus, and Jesus them?
This Gospel invites me to turn inward and outward at once, to perceive my own curiosity and to look to others as a pathway to relationship with Jesus who is here now, with us in the friend, the stranger, the refugee, the child. Who are the people I journey with? Who is healing me? How can I keep them company on the road ahead?
—Claire Peterson works in the advancement and communications offices of the U.S. Central and Southern Province.
Lord, I come to you searching, off-balance,
a traveler. I hold you in curiosity; let me be known
to you; let me know you. As I walk,
I search for your face, in the faces
of Mary, Joanna, Susanna, and many others.
I offer you my bold curiosity.
Who are you? Who are these women?
I know their names; let me learn their stories.
Let me see their faces, let me see you in them,
so that we might keep each other company.
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