At a recent conference, I had the opportunity to participate in “street evangelization.” At a hotel near O’Hare airport, our group boarded a bus and headed to Millennium Park. On the way, we received instructions: “Go out by two, approach an individual, and ask if he or she would like prayer or is in need of a miracle. If opposed, wish the person a good day and move on. If he or she is open, visit and eventually pray with or over the person.” Our final instruction: “Pray the Lord will send you to individuals who could use grace and is in need of prayer.’” Everyone on the bus fell into silent prayer. When we arrived at our designation, we left our belongings on the bus and stepped into the heart of Chicago. And then the bus drove off, leaving us a bit shell shocked.
The blog on this page presents reflections on the Sunday readings through the lens of a parent/grandparent, aiding leaders of the domestic church in their vital task as “first heralds” or “first preachers” of the Good News in the home.