February 24, 2012

Highlighting the Galilean Women


Accompanying Him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

Luke 8:1b-3



These Galilean women (sometimes called The Holy Myrrhbearers) really did a lot for Jesus and his ministry.  Not only did they accompany Him and the Twelve, but they also helped to “provide for them.”  They were also present at the Crucifixion, burial, and some of the first witnesses of the resurrection.  Except for Mary Magdalene, they sometimes get lost in the shuffle.  Their introduction, found in Luke’s Gospel, is an optional part of one Sunday reading during the three-year cycle of readings:





Luke 7:36—8:3

(or Luke 7:36-50)
Year C
11th Sunday
in Ordinary Time
2013
2016
2019
2022
2025
2028
etc...

(typically in June)


Feast Days of the Galilean Women:
The Holy Myrrhbearers - The Third Sunday of Easter
Mary of Clopas - April 24
Salome - April 24 
Joanna - May 24
Mary Magdalene - July 22

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