Friday, September 19, 2014
24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 1 Cor 15:12-20
Gospel: Luke 8:1-3
Jesus walked through towns and countryside, preaching and giving the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve followed him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary called Magdalene, who had been freed of seven demons; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward; Suzanna and others who provided for them out of their own funds.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
It was a big scandal for women to keep following Jesus. In those days no decent teacher mingled in public with women because women were looked down upon as second class citizens. “They had become second-class Jews, excluded from the worship and teaching of God, with status scarcely above that of slaves.” (B.M. Metzger & M.D. Coogan, The Oxford Companion to the Bible, 1993).
Today women are even getting more respect than men get. Sad to say some women do not keep the same level of self respect. By the way they conduct themselves they squander the achievements of feminist struggles through the years. The woman in the following story is a disgrace to womanhood:
When Charles found out he was going to inherit a fortune should his sickly widowed father die, he decided to look for a woman he could share the treasure with. So one evening, he went to a single’s bar where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
“I may look just like an ordinary man,” Charles said to her, “but in just a week or two, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 20 million dollars from him.”
The woman went home with Charles that evening. The next day she became his stepmother. (End of the anecdote).
But there had been great women in the past. MOLLY BROWN was born Margaret Tobin in 1867 at Denkler Alley and Butler St. in Hannibal, Missouri, U.S.A. As a young girl, Molly learned to steer a boat on the Mississippi River and for a while, worked as a waitress at the Park Hotel.
In 1890, her husband struck it rich in the mines of Leadville. They bought a 16-room house on Pennsylvania St. which is now a museum. During the sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912, Molly Brown was reputed to have rowed for seven and a half hours and delivered her passengers to safety on Lifeboat no. 6. Being the only woman to have done so, she earned the nickname “unsinkable” and is well remembered for this feat.
History has more to offer. We have the heroic life stories of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller, Princess Diana and many others. Foremost is the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary who even at the time when the struggle for women’s cause was yet unheard already raised the standard of womanhood that high. May they inspire our generation to respect women, and inspire our women to live respectable lives! – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.frdan.org.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: God our Father, as we thank you for the gift of salvation, we ask you for a great heart to love everyone without discrimination. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr. He was born at the end of the 3rd century. He was the Bishop of Benevento when the persecution of Diocletian broke out. Upon receiving the news that two of his deacons and two laymen were imprisoned for confessing their Christian Faith, he visited them but was discovered and condemned to the wild beasts. But the animals in the amphitheater refused to harm him and his companions. Imputing that miracle to magic, the martyrs were beheaded. His fame grew even greater because of the miracle of the liquefaction of his blood. The relic of dark and solid blood, preserved at the Cathedral of Naples, is presented to the people three times a year. From time to time, while the priest turns the reliquary upside down, the mass of blood becomes liquid and turns into red.