Who has been a channel of God’s grace for you? In conversation or over email this week, reach out to five people to find out how they came to know God’s love. How does the Good News shape the way they live? Reflect on how you are inspired by their witness and examples.
The second week’s activity, “Listening Hand,” invites us to listen and learn as we share five conversations with people who embody the Life of God. How might their stories invite you to express your own?
Transcript: In the second week of our program, we’re focusing on the First Mark of Love, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
And so the activity we’re inviting you into this week is a way of expressing and receiving that Good News by engaging in a conversation about the Good News with someone that you know. So the activity is called “Listening Hand.” You’ll see on the activity a printed hand with five fingers. Above each of the fingers, we would like you to put a name of a person that you think embodies the life of God. And we would like you during the course of this week to approach each of these persons — write an email, or make a phone call, or agree to meet with them for a cup of coffee — and we would like you to ask them to talk about their life in God. How have they known and received the love of God? What for them is the Good News of the gospel? What do they understand the Kingdom of God to be and how has this influenced the way that they live in the world? Listen to their testimony and listen to how they proclaim good news. And make notes to yourself of things that you want to remember from what they’ve said in the palm of the hand or in the rest of this picture. Use this as an occasion for listening and for learning, and then think, too, about what Good News you have to share with others. How has God been active in your own life and how would you share that news with others?
– Br. David Vryhof