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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Not only did the Twelve accompany Jesus. So did several women who provided for this entourage “out of their resources.” It’s a diverse group–Mary Magdalene, a disciple; Joanna, a woman of some stature in the community; and Susanna, about whom we know nothing except her name. I suggest that you re-read the verse and substitute your name for that of Susanna and then place yourself in this scene from Jesus’ travels.
Why are you following this itinerant preacher? What vision of the world and the world to come does he offer? Will you journey with him to Jerusalem, where he has foretold he will suffer and die?
What resources will you provide to this assemblage, and those whom he comforts and often cures? They are the poor, those afflicted with illness, those scorned because they have not adhered to the letter of the Law. How will you use your resources––talents, time, and treasure––to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God?
―George Penman Sullivan, Jr. is a Jesuit-educated lay leader who helped found Chicago’s Ignatian Volunteer Corps. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Wilmette IL, and have four children and three grandchildren.
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve persons throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love give them peace and joy. Amen.
―Mother Teresa of Calcutta, from “Prayers for Today,” published by Leaflet Missal Co.