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Monday, August 14, 2017


One of our Associates, Kristi Laughlin, gave an inspiring homily during the Spirituality Forum held at St. Louis University. The Gospel was Mt 10:7-15 where Jesus commissions his disciples to go forth and they are to "Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and drive out demons." I was present for this homily but only when I was lent a copy to read did I feel how powerful it was. Kristi began by telling us it was time for "re-commissioning". We are called to take bold, courageous, transformative action -"all born of an unfailing trust in God."
The Gospel reading "also captures the moment we are living in the life of the Society. Isn't the process of the General Chapter, the Assembly and this Forum, a process of Re-commissioning? Of drawing closer to Jesus and to our founding mothers, and fellow Sacred Heart disciples, so that we can hear again instructions of how to be apostles in this time, in this place."
Then we have Jesus' instructions: First, the disciples are to Proclaim! "As you go forth, make the proclamation the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Then Jesus commands: "Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons!" We are to act boldly. Then we are to trust (no need to take provisions) and to receive hospitality. Those are the points of the homily and it certainly made this Gospel come alive as she developed each.
I hope these few thoughts taken from a great homily will be helpful for reflection today.

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