128. In this preaching, which is always respectful and gentle, the first step is personal dialogue, when the other person speaks and shares his or her joys, hopes and concerns for loved ones, or so many other heartfelt needs. Only afterwards is it possible to bring up God’s word, perhaps by reading a Bible verse or relating a story, but always keeping in mind the fundamental message: the personal love of God who became man, who gave himself up for us, who is living and who offers us his salvation and his friendship.
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YOU ARE SO RIGHT, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO LISTEN, AND THE THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTION TO RESPOND.
Many people need people who listen to them, who understands them. If they feel that we care for them, they will be open to us and will trust us so that we can share the gospel in a better way…
Tradition has it that whenever John, the beloved disciple of Jesus was asked to speak he spoke of God’s love. On one occasion he was told can’t you speak of anything else to which he replied, that is all the Master taught me. If only more priests emulated the beloved disciple and spoke of God’s love they would be scratching where it itches most — that is of God’s love — which is the right place to start and sustain.
For me, listening to the Holy Spirit is essential to discerning the message before, during and after hearing the Word of God proclaimed and deciding how to share it with others. This is a great reminder to hear the heart of the person we could share with, before we decide to share with them. Thanks for your work here and in the building of the kingdom.
God bless you!
A lot of discussion lately about how NOT to evangelize. Pope Francis ‘ words of wisdom are poignant and timely. Listening also works in all other of life’s endeavors.
If we don’t listen than we do not have the information as to where they are in their knowledge and understanding so therefore we cannot “meet them where they are”. Very ineffective way of evangelizing.