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Women and Church

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"For the Lord's victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman." (Judges 4:9)

Discussion

In God's choice of leadership, there is no man or woman!

The Bible records several women who held national leadership positions. Deborah was an exceptional woman and God chose her to lead Israel. God can choose anyone to lead his people, young or old, man or woman. Don't let your prejudices get in the way of those God may have chosen to lead you. The honor of conquering Sisera went to a brave and resourceful woman - Jael. The inner voice speaks to everybody and if your conscience is clearly in line with the scriptures, then go ahead in your mission even if everything and everybody is against you.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was a French peasant girl who led the French army against the English during the 100 years war. She was a French heroine and patron saint of the catholic Church. When she was about 13 years, she began to hear voices of God. That led her to act and she took up leadership of the military to liberate France from England's domination. Under her command, the French army won the war. But later, when she was 19 years old, she was betrayed and executed by the church authorities for heresy. She was executed by burning on 30 May 1431. For following her conscience and God's inner call, she has become a martyr and a saint. When she died, she asked two of the clergy to hold a crucifix before her. Within 20 years of her execution, the church authorities corrected the mistake by a nullification trial. In 1920, she was canonized as a Saint.

"Be strong and very courageous." ( Joshua 1:7)

Prayer

Jesus, save those who are in hostile terrains. Give us the spirit of courage to live and die for you in the midst of your enemies. Let us support and encourage those who are following your word in spirit. Let us not be an accomplice to persecute the godly. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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