Serving the Word: 3rd November


Luke 14, 15-24:
“Go out into the city squares and streets and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… Go out into the highways and byways, and persevere until they come in and fill my house”.

The Church ” was born going forth”, says Pope Francis.
And the Pope also tells us that he prefers a wounded church to a sick church.
We do not make Church when we concentrate on always doing the same thing and always the same way.
Because old age itself is making us sick.
The Church is missionary by nature.
Today, as always, she has to go out into the squares, the streets, the highways, the cross-roads and the paths announcing that the banquet of the Kingdom of God is already prepared.
Go out to the “peripheries” where she will meet the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.
Those peripheries that can hurt us but that will also cure us of many illnesses.
Think today of one of those “peripheries” that you can “go out” to and attend to: those in need of love, company, food…
The “periphery” of the world of the young, the old, the family…
Dare to approach it and announce there with your testimony the joy of the Gospel.
The banquet of the Kingdom is already prepared.
Enjoy participating in it and inviting others to join in as well.
Good day.

Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf


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