the Mother of God
husband of Mary
fisherman and foundation
whom Jesus loved
Text by Victor
Women and Jesus
in turn responded generously to him. The Samaritan woman at Jacob's
well told her whole town about him. The Syro-Phoenician woman whom he
met on one of his journeys was the first Gentile to show faith in him.
Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, repeatedly welcomed him to
their home. Mary Magdalene and the other women supported him from their
means. Women were attentive listeners to his teaching. They saw what
he did and they remembered everything.
went up to Jerusalem for the final time to celebrate the Passover, Mary
Magdalene went with him, together with his Mother Mary and some other
women from Galilee. On that Thursday night they heard he had been arrested
and on Friday morning they hurried to the place where he was being held.
None of his other disciples were there; during the night they had deserted
little the women could do except look on when Pilate pronounced the
death sentence on Jesus. All around them people shouted: "Let him
be crucified!".Nothing they could do would stop what was happening.
They saw him come out bleeding from being whipped by the Roman soldiers.
They watched as the wooden cross was laid on his shoulders. As he went
up the path to Mount Calvary they tried to get close to him. They could
hardly bear it when he was stripped of his clothes and nailed to the
cross. But they would not leave him. Instead they edged closer, until
they stood near the cross itself.
drawing water from Jacob's Well, c. 1927