Jesus and Women

Today, July 22nd is the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene. She is one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Mary deserves to be remembered as one who was called by God to serve as a disciple.

We know for a fact, many women were among Jesus’ followers during his earthly ministry and one of the women closest to Jesus was Mary Magdalene.

Scripture tells us, Mary was present during Jesus’ ministry walk and his Golgotha journey.

When Jesus was in such excruciating pain, Mary was there; as was our Blessed Mother Mary.

Many of the men who pledged to follow and support Jesus had fled or fallen away.

On the morning of the Resurrection, we find Mary Magdalene at the tomb of Jesus. She is weeping, looking for Jesus, and the angels ask her, “Who are you looking for?”

Jesus appears to Mary and speaks to her in a very loving way and calls her by first name, “Mary!”

Jesus gives Mary a very special message to carry back to the others. Why?

Mary’s faith in Jesus was genuine and Jesus trusted her to follow through with his request.

Women priests, ministers and pastors are very much a part of Jesus’ ministry serving humanity in all aspects of life.

There are those in our world who believe women should not serve in any type of priestly ministry, nor be ordained. They use old antiquated and outdated lines from scripture to support their cause.

You don’t have to travel to Rome to experience this type of rejection.

Once upon a time there were priests and bishops who once sang the praises of women serving as priests and ministers, and ordaining them.

Now they hide behind vestments in small spaces recanting women’s ordination to the priesthood, for their own self-serving purposes.

On this awesome feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, please take a moment to remember all the women who serve as priests, ministers and pastors. Let them know how special they are and if they have made a difference in your life!


Women and the Priesthood

There are Clergy Women of God who share in the celebration and love of the Holy Eucharist; including the mystical traditions of Catholicism, who were not ordained in the roman ecclesia.

The number one question I get is “How can this be possible?”

Doors closed and doors were opened by the male clergy who were ordained in the Roman Catholic Church that left the unit, and are now part of small independent or contemporary Catholic communities.

There are also members of the Episcopal tradition that joined the ranks, as well and other Christian denominations.

There are those beings in the Body of Christ who cling to power and control. They are not able accept the reality that “Women Priests” can and will bring about a great healing to the church as whole, as well as fill a need in a local parish.

We have to thank those who embraced the vision and began the process of opening the doors to ordain women.

We know from scripture Jesus treated women as equals, and not as second class citizens. “Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.”

Jesus’ mother, Mary was with him for his entire ministry, and continued to minister to others after her son’s death.

It was the women who walked with Jesus to Calvary and stood with him at the cross loving Jesus, never leaving his side.

On the third day after his death Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene with a promised message.

A fine cloth merchant named Lydia assisted Paul in his ministry.

Phillips’ daughters preached in the Book of Acts.

Many women, laity and religious, have been serving behind the scenes, in local parishes for years.

Married and single mothers raising their own families and working with others who are often viewed by the church as marginally unfit, spreading the Spirit of Christ all along the way.

This same giving and loving Spirit is alive among those brave women who have stepped out in courage, accepting the mantle of ordination as “Women Priests” as Jesus eloquently stated for all to “finish the work he sent us to do.”

We are the midst of great changes, spiritually, on our planet, and the church as a whole is swept up in these changes.

There is a growing need for healthy women to serve in the priestly role, filling in a vacuum left behind by those who are unfit to minister to the needs of God’s children.

Women’s ordination is bearing good fruit and will continue to move forward. There are many fine women serving as priests in small faith-based communities/parishes, counseling centers, outreach ministry, nursing homes and so can you.

I have come to understand it is not what makes us different, but what makes us the same.

As women, we love Jesus and have been called to into his service.

Glancing in the rear view mirror and moving forward, all Catholics and all Christians are our sisters and brothers in Christ, whether we walk the same hierarchical road or take a different path.