Apostolate February 14
(The Crosier) is concerned about evangelization (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
She seemed interested in religious questions, but not much. Her concern was ordinary, the needs of housekeeping. That is why every day around midday she left her house, jug on her head. To look for water was not only the thing she searched for in her life and perhaps it was a symbol for them all. But she did not spend a lot of time thinking about it. In any event, that day she arrived at the well to find a thirsty man who asked for a drink of water. The conversation between the two of them became theological and the stranger profoundly touched the spirit of the woman. Convinced finally that he was the Messiah, she left the well, leaving her jug behind, and returned to the village. Did she no longer have need of water or was her thirst satisfied in another way? It made no difference! The news became the priority and she hurried to announce it. This is an illustration of how the work of evangelization begins. It is only by cutting loose from every egotistical compulsion and satisfying the human thirsts from a redemptive source that one can leave the jug once and for all and run without being hampered to slake the thirsts of others.
A gun without powder doesn’t shoot. (Yaka)