Find solidarity in the stories of these 5 gospel women

Scripture is chock-full of women who show up and stay put, who hold their own in spaces men decided they are not supposed to take up. For instance, a Pharisee scoffs at “what kind of woman this is who is touching [Jesus] . . . a sinner” (Luke 7:39). She anoints him anyway. The disciples gasp when they see a Samaritan woman talking with Jesus by the well. She talks anyway. Mary’s life would have been a lot less complicated had she said no to the angel’s odd…

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