Today we read another story of life change and generosity, though this one is fairly ordinary compared to some others. Notice a couple of things in the story:
● some of Jesus’ first followers were women
● Jesus was continually on the move
● some of his followers had been cured of evil spirits and diseases
● they gave their own resources to provide for the mission
1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,
2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;
3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
What, do you suppose, is the connection between the healing these women received and their desire to follow Jesus?
What kinds of things might this group need to spend money on as they travel? How did the women’s generosity support the mission?
How are you supporting the mission of your church with your financial contributions?
Almighty God, I confess that much of life these days seems quite ordinary: work, play, rest, repeat. So remind me that new life is found in the midst of ordinary circumstances, and that small does not mean insignificant when it comes to your kingdom. Through Christ my Lord I pray. Amen.