Gospel: Jn 15:26 — 16:4a
From the Father, I will send you the Spirit of truth. When this Helper has come from the Father, he will be my witness, and you, too, will be my witnesses, for you have been with me from the beginning. I tell you all this to keep you from stumbling and falling away. They will put you out of the synagogue. Still more, the hour is coming, when anyone who kills you will claim to be serving God; they will do this, because they have not known the Father or me. I tell you all these things now so that, when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them.
If you think I am faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my house The Early Church expanded tremendously through the grace of the Spirit but also through the work of Paul and the other missionaries that proclaimed the Gospel and won converts, one individual or one household at a time. Many women were drawn to Jesus’ Gospel perhaps because of its insistence on inclusivity and gender equality, a stark contrast to their paternalistic culture. Today, we have to ask ourselves whether we witness to inclusivity and gender equality or dilute the original Gospel message by our exclusion of others and suppression of the voices of women and those in the peripheries.
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