Magazine article U.S. Catholic

A Meal for Many

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

A Meal for Many

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I do not care whether women ate at the table or ate the leftovers of the Last Supper ("Were women at the Last Supper?" Glad You Asked, April). Women probably cooked and served the food Jesus and his disciples enjoyed.

Today, both sexes eat equally at my table, and I expect the same from my church. I find it hard to understand why this bit of history is an issue for any educated person.

It is more important to focus on equality issues in today's society than it is to rehash whether women were allowed at the Last Supper.

--Darlene Kostelac Hinman

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Just because the women were excluded from the story of the Last Supper doesn't mean they weren't there. If you've ever been to a Passover Seder then you know women were present in some capacity. Of course male artists don't help when they leave women out of the depictions of the Last Supper.

--Grace Byerly

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The Gospel of John says that Mary was at the foot of the cross the day after the Last Supper. Given the difficulty of first-century travel, she must have been in Jerusalem no later than the night before.

What are the odds that she and her son were in the same city for Passover and not attending the same Seder? Seems to me Mary would have been at that table.

--Frank Stockton

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I still can't believe that Mary would not have been able to join the table. The lack of women has been used to justify the male-only priesthood, but I think it's just too convenient for men. After all, only men could write in those days, so we get only their viewpoint in the Bible.

--Roberta Baker

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Since Jewish holidays are family-oriented, it seems out of character that the Passover celebration of Last Supper would happen without women.

The fact that men do not record women's presence in the Bible and throughout time is why we call it "his-tory." It is time to focus on "her-story," as well.




We can and should make a difference wherever we are ("Beyond the bubble," Wise Guides, May). We don't need to go to distant exotic places to find God in others. We need to look where we are. I applaud Jessie Bazan for understanding that we don't have to travel to developing countries to have that experience. We can bring our faith and service to those in our own communities.




If we really want to stand up for life, it is time for the church to support women in crisis pregnancies ("Choose children," At Home with our Faith, April). We need to change our society from one that condemns and devalues women who become pregnant and are unable to provide for their babies to a society that gladly cares for their needs and welcomes their children.

Women have chosen abortion for centuries when they felt they had no other choice, even when it could have resulted in their own death. Even those of us who are unable to provide foster homes can show up to help recruit foster families at pro-life events.

--Deborah Can



I work at a parish that recently became part of a pastoral region ("It takes a parish," Sounding Board, May). The new pastor, whom we share with two other churches, is from a traditional parish in the region. …

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