Many have used Mary Magdalene’s story to affirm the voice of women in the church. Mary Magdalene is an icon for those seeking full inclusion of women in leadership. She is an icon who urges women to understand the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ, to listen to God’s call. She’s an icon who stirs up courage in women, an example of leadership and discipleship for men and women alike.
Remember, it is Mary Magdalene who was the first person called by Jesus to preach the good news. Mary Magdalene offers another example to us all. Mary is the devoted disciple who sticks with Jesus, who shows up when everyone else finds any number of reasons to be somewhere else.
This message is an excerpt from a Woman of the ELCA blog by Linda Post Bushkofsky. Today we remember Bartholomew, the Apostle. Do you enjoy these free Daily Grace messages? If so, donate now to further the ministry.