Daily Meditation: November 7, 2013

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Telling the Story of Jesus

The Church is called to announce the Good News of Jesus to all people and all nations. Besides the many works of mercy by which the Church must make Jesus’ love visible, it must also joyfully announce the great mystery of God’s salvation through the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The story of Jesus is to be proclaimed and celebrated. Some will hear and rejoice, some will remain indifferent, some will become hostile. The story of Jesus will not always be accepted, but it must be told.

We who know the story and try to live it out, have the joyful task of telling it to others. When our words rise from hearts full of love and gratitude, they will bear fruit, whether we can see this or not.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson.

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4 Responses to Daily Meditation: November 7, 2013

  1. Sandy Wenger says:

    This is so powerful! I have had the experience of folks becoming hostile if I talk to other Catholics about Jesus. I personally have been attacked and labeled just for mentioning the Name. Have any of you had this experience? And if so, how have you handled it?

  2. Sue Mosteller says:

    Dear Sandy,
    Thanks for your comments. It seems it isn’t always easy to, as Jesus says, announce Good News. What I find in attempting to follow Jesus through the Scriptures is that in meeting ordinary folk in personal encounters, He has a way of meeting them where they are, listening, and then, in conversation, offering them the Way to God. I often find that although I love Jesus and like to talk about Him, others aren’t that comfortable with my enthusiasm. So, perhaps reading their responses is important for us and can help us to become deeply sensitive and accepting of the one in front of us – where they are. I wish you the best and hope you find new ways to engage in your desire to share the Good News.
    Blessings to you,
    Sue, from the Nouwen Society

    • Sandy Wenger says:

      Sue,
      This is extremely helpful because I know that I can become “over the top” or maybe I should say, overbearing. In these past 33-years I have definitely had my quota of wanting to even attempt to talk about Jesus. Recently I have been involved with the RC womenpriest movement and realize that it is so much more acceptable to say Christ. And, as Richard Rohr so wonderfully points out….that really is who we are in relationship with! Thank you for your comments, they are well noted.

  3. Sandy Wenger says:

    Sue,
    I see the wisdom in your response. Thank you. Sandy

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