Reflection 1 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his havest. Go on your way ; behold I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way…Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”

Sharing the Mission

I am sure that many of you have discovered in your service that , while material needs are often great, their spiritual needs may be greater still. I am sure, too, that many of you have discovered that on many occasions, when the poor present a problem to you or seek your advice, you come eventually to realise that their real need is not your advice, but rather the empathy of your listening heart. Often I feel t hat I have given advice to
people when what they were really asking for was understanding and compassion.

Discussion 

How have you found that your service calls for a “listening heart?”

Prayer        

(Leader) O God, give us the grace to be your disciples: When the poor ar e lonely,

(Together) May we bring your presence.

(Leader) When the poor are burdened by worries,

(Together) May we bring comfort in your love.

(Leader) When the poor are sick or in pain,

(Together) May we bring your healing and strength.

(Leader) When the poor come to us,

(Together) May they find a listening heart. Amen