Women provided for ministry from their resources…

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Gift:  Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.

Reading:  1 Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. 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 8:1-3)

Observation:  I was reading at first that I must be ready to provide from my resources the funds needed to continue the Lord’s ministry.  Although I do think that this is something that I will continue to focus on doing, I think that these verses this morning are specifically talking about women for a reason.  Whether it is the focus of the writer of the Gospel of Luke, or the focus of Jesus in his earthly ministry, the fact is that God’s Word reveals to us in this Gospel reading today that there were women who were providing for Jesus and the Apostles during his ministry in Galilee.

Personification:  Humility (Gentleness) – An inner strength that permits us to be aware of our own abilities without having to make a show of them.  This is an easy fruit to display when you have no resources to use to support the ministry.  However, I think I could do more work in displaying this fruit of humility by asking for more help in providing resources for the ministry.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to display the fruit of humility and ask for help where it is needed and remind me of this shortage when I do have the resources that could be used to support the ministry.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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