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July 25

Luke 22, 10 – 13

Something to read

He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”  They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

There’s a small but important detail in our passage that can easy go unnoticed. It’s that Jesus tells Peter and John that they’ll meet a man carry a jar of water.

It was unusual within that culture to see a man doing this. It was women who carried the water. It may have been that this was a male slave, but still this story highlights that fact that Jesus challenged the gender stereotypes of his day.

After all, here we have two men about to get the meal ready. Meal preparation was considered women’s work too.

That Jesus had women as disciples, spoke with the woman at Jacob’s well, spoke in terms of women being equal to men and in his resurrection appeared first to women, shows his contradiction of the prayer of Jewish men of his day: ‘I thank God I am not a woman’.

Gender equality is something Christian Aid is passionate about. It’s a fundamental issue of development as this often used quote underlines: ‘Women perform 66 percent of the world's work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property’.

Something to do

Read more about Christian Aid’s work on gender here.

Something to pray

Loving God, you make us in your image.
Forgive us when we fail to see your image in each other, when we give in to greed and indifference when we do not question the systems that are life-denying.
As we are made in your image, let us live in your image and be Christ-like in service, endurance and love.
Amen

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Senior Regional Co-ordinator for its South East region

 

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