The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines who carry the core message of the Gospel for readers: they have eyes to see and ears to hear.

There are beautiful locations in this church called Duc in Altum (meaning cast out into the deep). But the crypt is a favorite space, especially for women. It has a beautiful mosaic of the unnamed woman of Mark’s Gospel who believed in the power of Jesus to heal her. This unnamed woman suffered both physically, financially, and silently. She suffered hemorrhages for 12 years, making her life uncomfortable, painful, and secretive. 

Read this week’s issue of Parish: ‘The Thought’