January 29 – Feast of St. Joseph Freinademetz
Luke 10: 1-9
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.
“Joseph Freinademetz was very active in the education of Chinese laymen and priests. He wrote a catechism in Chinese, which he considered a crucial part of their missionary effort. In 1881, the Mission House had received its own mission territory, the Province of Shandong. Joseph was so devoted to his mission that, except to recover from an illness, he never left Shandong. Joseph had so enculturated himself in China that he took on a form of dress similar to the local Chinese spiritual leaders. In Puoli, he went to the surrounding villages. He talked to the children and showed his pocket watch to them. They were enthralled by the little man who told the time. Father Freinademetz explained that as someone had made the watch, so God, the Great Spirit, had made all things. When the parents returned from the fields in the evening, the children told them about the watch. They, too, were curious to see it.” (www.Joseph Freinademetz the Missionary | Society of the Divine Word)
1. What feelings are in your heart as you start this day?
2. “The Kingdom of God has come near you” What does this mean as we come to the end of the Chapter?
3. What is the “Great Spirit” saying to the SSpS Congregation through the life of Joseph Freinadametz?
4. Please take time to thank the members of the group for all you have you have shared during this time at Chapter.