Each week we'll highlight a current event or ongoing story from world and reflect on it through the lens of the gospel. First check out this article linked below.
Reflect and Act:
In the gospel this week Jesus tells his disciples that even though he will soon be gone they will not be left without guidance and support. He says that God will send them the Holy Spirit, or the Advocate, who will teach them everything and remind them of all that Jesus had said in his ministry. Jesus here seems to be saying that the Holy Spirit will both help them understand what is going on in the world around them as they head into the uncertainty of ministry without Jesus and also help them remember the Good News that Jesus proclaimed to them as they encounter new and unexpected realities in that ministry. The Holy Spirit, then, might help the disciples remember exactly who this Good News, and their ministry, was for: the poor and the oppressed. This is one of the ways we can see how the Holy Spirit might act as a divine Advocate, reminding communities about who they are meant to be, who they are meant to serve, and speaking through those who point out when they are failing in that work.
In this week's article we see just such a story, as staff members within the Doctor's Without Borders are acting as divine Advocates for those being treated inequitably within their communities. Calls have come from within the organization to examine ways that racism is leading to unequal treatment for "local staff and staff of color." How is the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, revealing inequities in how people are being treated in your community? How are you feeling called by the Holy Spirit to address these inequities? What is one small thing you could do to respond to this call? Take some time to share your thoughts as a group.