As a woman approaches the altar, the priest announces that a special Liturgy of the Word is being offered. He blesses her and instructs her to go and preach the good news to the children. The kids, ages 3-10, eagerly line up behind her, and she leads them to a room downstairs.
As the mass continues upstairs, I wonder what's happening downstairs. I envision the woman as a modern day Mary Magdalene. She's telling Jesus' youngest disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and helping them concretely understand what this means in their own lives.
Why aren't the Mary’s of today invited to speak upstairs? What are we missing out on when we never hear a woman proclaim the gospel or preach a homily during mass?
In today's gospel, Jesus says to Mary, "go to my brothers and tell them…" Wasn’t he including his brothers and sisters over age 10?