Daily Gospel Reflection for September 19, 2014




Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:1-3

In today’s reading, Luke takes a break in the narrative to describe Jesus’ followers and traveling companions. Of course the twelve apostles traveled with him, but Luke tells us that many others traveled with him as well. Luke makes a point to tell us that many in the group were women, many of whom had been cured by Jesus. The women not only traveled with Jesus and his disciples, but supported them as well.

There a couple of things that I take away from this passage. The first is that women played an important role in the formation of the church. Jesus in his earthly ministry, invited women to participate fully in his kingdom.

It is also worth noting that Jesus used the gifts of people from all levels of society. His ministry included women who had no stake in Jewish society at that time. Unmarried women and widows, for example, were welcomed. It must of taken courage to become one of Jesus’ followers and to associate with both observant Jews and outcasts. Then and now, following Jesus might mean subjecting ourselves to criticism from others.


In what ways does it take courage to follow Jesus today?


Jesus, grant me the wisdom to recognize and accept your healing love. Grant me the faith and courage to walk alongside you.

Copyright 2014 Kirk Whitney


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  1. Kirk, you ask an important question. I think it’s often challenging in today’s world to witness verbally to our beliefs. But some days, in my heart it feels even more difficult to silently just do the right thing in the exact moment when it needs to be done — when no one is watching and the only one I’m accountable to is the God who made me. Jesus went out of his way to include women in his ministry — maybe I need to do a better job of going out of my way to encounter those who need a taste of Christ’s love (out of my personal comfort zone). Thanks for helping me along a fruitful prayer time today! Have a great day.

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