Beginning in December we’ll start looking at the sometimes surprising roles that women play in scripture – in both the Old and the New Testaments. In recent decades we’ve had good scholarship that has explored the various biblical presentations of women’s experience of faith. In a patriarchal society we’ll see women in the Old Testament whose unconventional decisions help to bring about God’s desires for the people. We’ll see women who struggle to keep their families together. We’ll recognize ourselves in the women who, in the face of great adversity, show strength and resourcefulness. In the New Testament we’ll see women who “followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem” (criteria for joining the 11 “apostles” after Judas’ death). We might be shocked to see that an outsider, a Canaanite woman, gets Jesus to expand his understanding of his mission. And we’ll be surprised to see Jesus having theological discussions and revealing his divine identity to women. And we’ll also see that the central mystery of our faith – that Jesus is Risen – is first proclaimed by a woman (Mary Magdalene). In all of this, women (as well as men) are model disciples – and this means that each of us (both women and men) can enrich our own spiritual lives by learning from them. So join us on Tuesday mornings as we read, study and pray the scriptures. And as we do that, we pay attention to the many ways scripture affirms and challenges us today. The message of scripture is enduring and forever new. Please consider joining us. We always welcome new members – both women and men! If you have any questions please contact S. Dee Peppard at 847 / 253-8600 (x151) or Sr.Dee@St-Raymond.org.