The faculty reflection today is by Shelly Matthews, Associate Professor of New Testament.
“Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last . . . . There were women watching from a distance . . . .“ Mark 14.37, 40a
“Each of us wishes for one like the Magdalene to go down with us into death, to stay with us to the end. . . .” Jane Schaberg, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene.
Judas betrayed, Peter denied, and the other male disciples forsook and fled, but on the day of the state execution, the women were watching. While some have tried to diminish the significance of their witness, by stressing that they watched from afar, or suggesting they were at less risk than the male disciples, I take it as a sign of the depth of their courage, fueled by the strength of their love for their wrongly executed friend.
Would that we could love with such courage, keeping watch, staying to the end. http://ow.ly/vMuJP