Women were a very important part of the Church from the very beginning. In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 8, St. Luke lists some women who accompanied Jesus and the Twelve and “provided for them out of their resources.”
In the first reading from 1 Corinthians 15, St. Paul continues to talk about the resurrection of the dead, and how important that is. He says this, “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.”
Many people believe that when we die, that’s it. We become part of the worm buffet, and there’s nothing more. As Christians, we believe that we will be around for eternity. When Christ returns, our bodies will be resurrected. That is our hope. If we only want Jesus in our lives to help us muddle through the here and now, without an eye on forever, we are indeed pitiable.
Father, we believe that we will be resurrected from the dead. Help us to put our hope in Christ for today, and for eternity. Amen.