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“It’s past time that we start listening to the slave girl. And to all the people we have silenced and rushed past for years, for centuries, for millennia. Does that mean we kick Paul and our traditional heroes to the curb? No, of course not. But it does mean that sometimes, as with all of our ancestors of the faith and of the flesh, we have to learn from their mistakes.”
Mother Church – How wide are our arms stretching, really? Who can’t seem to fit in these arms of ours? Who don’t we want to fit? It’s a question we have to continually return to, because we are not called to be a mother who embraces only our own, but a mother who embraces the whole world.
The female disciples bore witness; they showed it to be true, that Jesus’ aliveness existed. And they were compelling enough that people eventually listened, whether to them or to the male disciples. And the stories of others who bore witness to the Risen Christ only grew in number, as they witnessed him in person, until a new movement was born, one that almost every one of the disciples would eventually die for.
Can you smell it? Breathe in deep, can you feel the warmth in your lungs? Exhale. Breathe in deep, the prick in your nose, the water gathering in your eyes. Can you smell it?