Women first

In each of the four synoptic gospels reference is made to the women who formed a central part of the life of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Indeed one could say that they were more important in many respects to that of the 12 disciples. The women that I speak about are;

Mary of Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Jose’s , Mary the sister of Lazarus , Martha the sister of Lazarus, Mary the wife of Cleopas, Joanna the wife of Chuza, Salome the mother of James and John and of course Susanna.

We read slightly differing accounts of how many of the women went to the tomb with spices to anoint the body of Jesus with. But whether it was one, two or three or more doesn’t really matter in the shape of things. What is important is that whilst the disciples hid themselves the women did what they had to do. Following Jesus’s resurrection whom did he show himself to first, not any of the male disciples whilst they saw the empty tomb they quickly went away, he chose to show himself to Mary of Magdalene whom I believe was one of the most loyal of Jesus’s followers. Those words he uttered “woman why do you weap and who are you looking for” and with one word Mary! spoken with that same depth of love that he had always spoken to her with she recognised him to be the risen saviour and he instructed her to tell the disciples. We must not fall into the trap of minimising the importance of women in the life of Jesus indeed on the contrary they played probably the most important part.

And may God bless you all this day

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