August 2020 Letter

The Faithful Women

 

Joanna, Mary, and Salome are known in some traditions as “the faithful women.” These three servants of God and other women were visitors to the tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning. Their visit is noted in the Gospel records of Matthew (28:1), Mark (16:1), and Luke (24:10) and is celebrated on August 3rd each Church year.

 

Joanna was the wife of Chuza, a steward in King Herod’s household (Luke 8:3). She worked with Mary Magdalene and Susanna to provide food and clothing for Jesus and the other disciples (Luke 8:2-3). She traveled with Jesus on His last trip to Jerusalem and was present at His crucifixion and burial. Joanna and the others went and told the eleven disciples about what they had seen on the morning of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24:10).

 

Mary, the mother of James (the son of Alphaeus), was another of the women who faithfully provided care for Jesus and His disciples from the time of His Galilean ministry through His burial after the crucifixion. Many scholars believe she was the same Mary, the wife of Clopas (John 19:25). Mary accompanied Jesus to Jerusalem, was present at His crucifixion, witnessed His burial in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, and brought spices to anoint His body in the tomb on the third day.

 

Salome was the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Matthew 27:56). She helped support Jesus and His disciples during His ministry in Galilee and later she joined with the other women both at the cross of Jesus and in bringing spices to His tomb in the garden. All three of these faithful women have been honored in the Church through the centuries as examples of humble and devoted service to the Lord.

 

Mighty God, Your crucified and buried Son did not remain in the tomb for long. Give us joy in the tasks set before us, that we might carry out faithful acts of service as did Joanna, Mary, and Salome, offering to You the sweet perfume of our grateful hearts, so that we, too, may see the glory of Your resurrection and proclaim the Good News with unrestrained eagerness and fervor worked in us through our Lord Jesus Christ, who rose and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

August Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern