The first 'ask' was to prepare a reflection (which would be given during the time of a Gospel sermon) at a Woman's Mass at the church where I facilitate evening Bible Scripture studies. The Gospel passage was from John 4, an account of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well in Samaria.
I did not write out that message other than in 'bullet points' I used when speaking from the podium. The Holy Spirit took care of the rest!
I was asked to share the same reflection as I had done at the Woman’s Mass. In preparing, I ended up revising the reflection, not the message, to be more in tune with our retreat theme.
The last sentence in the Book of Acts, as Luke writes of Paul, is this:
- As I am not a priest or pastor, what could I say that others would find credible?
- Those in Scripture who did ‘proclaim with vigor’ cause me to feel I am not as they were in the ways I communicate.
- We can question ourselves and our own gifts when we compare ourselves to others.