Mary at the Cross

Amy Curran

Read: John 19:25-27 But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (v. 25) They say it is the worst thing a mother can endure—to watch her child die. Mary, whose life had been dedicated to keeping Jesus safe and alive in this world, must now watch him die for the world. “A sword will pierce through your own soul also,” said Simeon all those years ago …

Woman at the Well

Amy Curran

Read: John 4:7-30 Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ? (v. 29) “They say she can’t keep a husband.” “They say she’s not even married to the man she’s got now.” “Best to stay far away from that one.” The woman at the well was not, shall we say, well-connected in her community. There was a reason she was alone at the well in the middle of the day. There …

Mary and Martha

Amy Curran

Read: John 11:17-44 Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (v. 32) Again in this passage, Jesus was the one journeying—this time to the home of Mary and Martha. These women were in a wilderness of dashed hopes, as their Rabbi had failed to show up in time to heal their brother before he died. They waited for Jesus to come as their brother’s condition got worse and worse. They waited for him to come …

Syrophoenician Woman

Amy Curran

Read: Mark 7:24-30 . . . yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs. (v. 28) The Syrophoenician woman was not on a journey. Jesus was the one journeying this time—he came straight to her hometown. However, this woman was experiencing a wilderness of despair. Her daughter had been overcome by demons. The desperate mother marched into the home where Jesus was staying and begged him to attend to her daughter. In response to her desperation, Jesus …

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Amy Curran

Read: Luke 1:26-38 Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. (v. 38) From the moment her “let it be” left her lips, Mary walked a blessed yet lonely path. These words were a step into the wilderness of the unknown—the choosing of a life that would be far from what was expected of her. Soon after the angel left, Mary took a pilgrimage to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was …

Ruth

Amy Curran

Read: Ruth 3:1-13 As the Lord lives, I will redeem you. (v. 13) Ruth’s almost reckless desire to stay with Naomi had led her to a quite vulnerable situation. As widows, Ruth and Naomi were destitute and had to rely on the gleaning laws given by God to ensure that nobody went hungry. When landowners harvested their fields, they were not to strip them clean but leave enough for the poor. So Ruth went out to glean in the fields …