Secret disciples

The unthinkable had happened. The Messiah – at least they thought he was the Messiah – had been crucified. None of his close followers had come to the place of execution, except for one, the one who is referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 19:26).

A strange darkness had descended on the land at noon. The sun disappearing at mid-day was unprecedented. Although some suggested an eclipse was happening, no eclipse had lasted more than ten minutes or so and this went on for three hours! Besides, being the Passover, the moon was full, so it couldn’t have been between the earth and the sun. Continue reading “Secret disciples”

Women of great faith

When we think of those who followed Jesus, the first group that usually comes to our minds are the twelve apostles. Jesus selected them and they spent several years traveling with Jesus as he went from place to place healing and teaching. When we study the gospels, we quickly discover that there were many people in addition to the twelve who accompanied Jesus. When Jesus sent his disciples out on their own by pairs, he sent out around 70, not just the twelve (see Luke 10). At times there was such a great number of people surrounding Jesus that he would try to get away from the crowds to an isolated place, often to spend time with just the twelve or to pray (see Matthew 14). Continue reading “Women of great faith”