Q — How solid is the evidence that early Christian house churches had a kind of egalitarian discipleship between men and women?

A — The answer to this interesting question depends so much on what counts as “evidence,” but I think we may see the following.  It is a fact that the earliest stratum of Christians congregated in house churches for the celebration of the Eucharist on the Lord’s day. A house church quite simply is the church, that is to say the community, meeting in someone’s house, and presumably a house large enough to accommodate the Eucharistic assembly.

It is a theological fact that there is equality of discipleship between men and women flowing from their common baptism into Christ. The clearest witness to this theological conviction is Galatians 3:27-28: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” That is egalitarian discipleship.

No one disciple is in Christ more important than another, although there may be differentiation of roles and responsibilities.

Q — Are there any gospel passages that are not included in the lectionary? If so, which ones?

A — Without going to check on every detail, I would say that there are no significant gospel passages that are not included in the Lectionary of the Catholic Church, either in the readings for Sunday or in the weekday readings.

It would be a little tedious to check out every gospel and every verse in respect of the lectionary readings to verify if there are readings not so included.

However, if one wanted to do so, there is a list of all lectionary readings at the back of the lectionary, and there is the same list at the back of the Catholic Study Bible, easily accessible to the interested party.