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The following report comes to us from team leader Nancy with our team in Gaithersburg, MD:
This prayer that the church prays together every morning in the Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of Zechariah prophesying about his son St. John the Baptist. It is a call to the whole church also that we too are called to be prophets to prepare the way of the Lord, to be priests, prophets and kings. “For you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.” (Luke 1:68-70)
My husband and I recently had a get together at our home inviting our evangelists over to thank them for their commitment to the SPSE Team. One of the evangelists hit it on the head when he was encouraging one of the other evangelists what THE most important thing on his heart that he has when going out to evangelize was the kerygma. The Webster’s dictionary, which I thought was very impressive, states that it is “the apostolic proclamation of salvation through Jesus”. He said that if he proclaims this to at least one person in his outing, he feels he has accomplished his task. I totally agree with him. It is so amazing to see how many people have never really had the good news explained to them.
My husband and I went out today on Labor Day weekend and I encountered a young adult, Karl, who was about 18 years old. I asked him if he grew up in any particular church and he did not really know, although he said it was Christian. He was not too sure whether he was baptized or not. I gave him information on the Good News and how important it was to be baptized at which time his bus came. But I come across so many young adults who have no purpose or direction in their lives and are so surprised when I share with them the good news that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. Please pray for Karl that he would seek to know God. I also talked to a Muslim, Mohammed, who was so open about hearing about God’s mercy. He took information about the good news and I showed him the beautiful prayer at the end of the pamphlet inviting God to come into his life right before his bus came. Please pray that he will follow through. May God and Our Lady continue to bless and protect our little chapter, and that the seeds that were planted would bear much fruit for God’s kingdom.
Praised be Jesus Christ!