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A session: “Being servants for all”
A session on Mark gospel with DHS postulants took place in Ogbomosho, Oyo State Nigeria. The postulancy stage is often regarded as a beginner stage for young women seeking to be admitted into the Congregation of Daughters of the Holy Spirit, this stage compared to the call of the first four apostles of Jesus. Jesus says to those he calls “Come and see”.
The Gospel of St. Mark which was the first gospel to be written according to the canon of scripture centers on disciple and discipleship. This is why the study of Mark gospel is paramount to the postulants as they prepare for their own formation. The gospel introduces them to the life of service. It prepares them to embrace the servitude of Christ. They are helped to focus on Jesus the servant. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus as a servant contrasts with our culture where almost everybody wants to be served and not to serve. Often time being a servant or serving people especially the poor is seen as a sign of weakness. To enter into the formation proper of becoming a DHS entails to be open to break away from the shackles of societal derogative view of a servant. The study of Mark’s gospel keeps them focus on being servants for all. Love becomes meaningful in service.
Hence at a point we all become the Servants Prepared, the Servants Working, the Servants Rejected, the Servants Exalted. At the end of the session, the postulants were able to understand what it means to be called to be disciples not perfect disciples but disciples of Jesus who are ready to learn and in turn render humble services to God and humanity.
The call to discipleship is a call to follow the humble footsteps of Marie Balavenne and Rene Burel.
Ohanuma, Lucy Happiness, DHS - Teacher. Posted on August 20, 2019.