Friday, 18 September 2015

Women regarded as misfits: find new life

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No.157)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 8:1-3
Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Mag′dalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Jo-an′na, the wife of Chu′za, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

Who was this person that could draw support and loyalty from such a large group of people, especially from those whom society regarded as misfits? The women in today's story left behind their homes, families and friends and travelled with him from town to town. Not only did they sacrifice all this, they then supported Jesus and his disciples, providing for all their needs.

Their encounter with Jesus was clearly life changing, as it was with the other travellers in their group.  People encountered Jesus in a way that healed them physically and spiritually. In Jesus, each found what his or her heart yearned for. The good news he preached brought them life; so much so that they gave up their lives to be with him. 

This same Jesus longs for an encounter with us as well. The impact he can have on our lives can be as life changing as it was for each of the people who encountered him in first century Palestine. You only have to ask. Jesus is waiting.

Jane Borg
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

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