Tuesday 5 November
Luke 14, 15-24:
“Go out to the squares and streets of the city and bring here the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… Go out to the roads and paths and insist until they come and fill my house”.
The Church has “born going forth”, Pope Francis tells us.
And the Pope also tells us that he prefers a wounded church to an infirm church.
We don’t do Church when we concentrate on doing the same thing and always the same.
Because the same old thing is making us sick.
The Church is missionary by nature.
Today, as always, it has to go out into the squares, to the streets, roads, the crossroads and trails announcing that the banquet of the Kingdom of God is already prepared.
Go out to the “periphery” where you will find the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.
These peripheries that can hurt us but will also cure us of many diseases.
Think today in any of these “peripheries” to which you can “go forth” and care for: those in need of love, of company, of food…
“Periphery” in the world of youth, the elderly, the family…
Dare to get closer to it and announce there with your witness the joy of the gospel.
The banquet of the Kingdom is already prepared.
Enjoy participating in and inviting others to participate as well.
Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf