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Sunday, June 25: These women had followed him and cared for his needs

 

MarkThe Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.

Read Mark 15:37-41

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"

Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

 

Reflect

How hard is it to stick by someone when it appears that all is lost? When it becomes clear that they're not who you thought they were? How hard is it to keep your promises, your vows, when life gets very, very hard?

Respond

Notice the women standing at a distance at Jesus' death. They were always there for Jesus, keeping their vows to him, no matter what. Is it any wonder the very first people the risen Jesus appeared to after his resurrection were women? Practice keeping your vows. Live up to your promises. Stick by your friends. Don't abandon people. Do these things as if doing them for Jesus.

 

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