Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ten Great Women of the Bible (#10)

The Mom Series continues . . . . 
10. Mother of the Sons of Zebedee (Matthew 20:20-28)
Like all good mothers, she wanted to help her children achieve success, but Jesus transformed her request, challenging her sons to live as disciples, embracing service and suffering, a life that will lead them to the heavenly kingdom. She reminds us of what is most important in life.
Historically, October 22 is the feast day of  St. Mary Salome, the mother of James the Greater and John the Evangelist, the "sons of Zebedee." (or, the Sons of Thunder!)   She was among the women who stayed by while Jesus was on the cross, according to Gospels she is among the women who discovered the empty tomb.
The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913) concludes that the Salome of Mark 15:40 is probably identical with the mother of the sons of Zebedee in Matthew; the latter is also mentioned in Matthew 20:20, in which she petitions Jesus to let her sons sit with him in Paradise.
Catholic Encyclopedia reference
Catholic Culture

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