I loved Bosco Peter’s blog post this week on the Pope’s new childrens book, ‘the friends of Jesus’. You can read Bosco’s blog here.
And here is his list of the other friends of Jesus
Mary – mother of Jesus
Mary Magdalene – “apostle to the apostles”
Martha of Bethany
Mary of Bethany
Salome mother of James and John
Mary mother of James and Joses
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza
Prisca/Priscilla (mentioned first on three out of five occasions)
Junia the apostle
Oops that’s my 14 used up!
I haven’t even got to Lois, Eunice, Pilate’s wife, Peter’s mother-in-law, the daughter of Jairus, the woman with the flow of blood, the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman, the woman accused of adultery, the Samaritan woman,…
Nothing actually very notable about Jesus in his day and culture having some male friends, what was revolutionary was Jesus’ relationship with women. Jesus’ disciples included women who travelled with him (and, take note, provided a lot of the funding!). It was to Martha that Jesus declared himself to be The Resurrection. Jesus let a woman of ill repute anoint him. In a culture where the testimony of women was not considered valid, Jesus sent Mary Magdalene as the first to proclaim his resurrection to men.
Thanks for the timely correction Bosco. Great list!