David M. Mastrobete, St. Lydia
Readings for Mass
First Reading: Acts 16:11-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gospel: John 15:26--16:4
When Lydia and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us (NRSV, Acts 16:15).
Let us pray.
Father, According to Matthew, the first apostles were the holy women who arrived at the tomb to anoint the body of our Lord. He met them there and commissioned them to bring the good news of his resurrection to the others.
Father, holy women have served your Church in many ways even being admitted to the rank of teacher at the highest level. Lydia welcomed Paul into her home and offered him hospitality.
Father, has not the time arrived, is indeed long overdue, when women should be admitted to serve at every level of life in the Church, “for in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit (NRSV, 1 Cor 12:13)?”
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.