Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and the Other Benefactors
August 28, 2016
Jen Moore, one of our members starts seminary this fall.
She moved into her seminary dorm room in Philadelphia this week.
Jen posted on Facebook (she gave me permission to share this story!) that it seems that everything at seminary
is named for a donor – including her room.
There’s a plaque on her door stating that
she now lives in the “Mr. and Mrs. Blanck” room.
To get in the spirit of things Jen decided to name her personal benefactors too…
So she has the “Noah Moore coffee corner” since Noah gave her a coffee maker,
and she has the “Barbara O’Keefe reading chair” with a prayer shawl Barbara made.
The other night she celebrated with a popcorn break brought to her by Lynne.
(No word yet on whether she has a plaque for the popcorn!)
Jen’s room is filled with reminders of her benefactors –
those who support her in ministry.
From these 3 little verses from Luke, we see that
Jesus’ ministry relied on benefactors too.
Luke talks about two groups of people
who were traveling with Jesus as he went through cities and villages in Galilee:
there were the “Twelve”;
and there were “some women …”
Three of these women are named:
Mary called Magdalene;
Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward;
Luke says that these three and many more served Jesus
and “provided for them out of their resources.”
Did you realize that Jesus was accompanied in his ministry not only by the twelve,
but by a group of women?
Did you know that they not only followed him, but supported Jesus and the rest of his followers
out of their own means?