Sermon Introduction –
Jesus calls us to proclaim the Gospel, the Good News, to everybody we meet. But why is that so hard to do most of the time? The gifts we’re given by the Holy Spirit are great ones…if we’re willing to hang onto them.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Moses tells the Israelites that they are called to be a priestly kingdom and a holy people. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world. From the Lord’s table we go forth to proclaim the good news, to heal the sick, and to share our bread with the hungry.