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All scripture passages were taken from the New American Bible:


The Catholic Study Bible, 1990 by Oxford University Press, Inc., 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016


These materials have been adapted from Builders of the New Earth: The


formation of deacons and lay ministers. Kino Jesuit Community: Roman Catholic Diocese of Rapid City, SD, 1991. Special thanks to John E. Hatcher, SJ and Patrick M. McCorkell, SJ for their contributions.


CHAPTER ONE MINISTRY ROOTED IN SERVICE


SERVICE AND MISSION and


Lk 9: 1-6 serve is the Mt 28: 16-20


suffering Jesus and the person who commissions us in the Risen Jesus. On the cross Jesus taught us that he was from above and below. He joined the human and the divine in such a way that he made our becoming divine possible. On the horizontal plane of the cross the human Jesus embodies suffering humanity. On the vertical plane of the cross the divine Jesus has the authority to overcome suffering and despair. The continuous joining of humanity and divinity occurs when the Risen Jesus send men and women to touch his hurting Body.


JESUS NEEDS US Mt 25: 31-46


When Jesus came among us he came as a child who


needed everything. This helpless baby could do nothing for himself. He needed to be fed, changed, and touched. He learned human love only at the hands of another human being. Throughout the world people need to hear the Gospel message, they need to receive the food of eternal life, they need to experience love and compassion. When we minister to others we are ministering to Jesus who continues to need to be touched, cared for, and taught.


ONLY WE CAN TOUCH When Jesus saved us from sin and death he did so HURTING PEOPLE


by suffering an unjust defeat on the cross. He was Mk 14: 32-42


stripped of his clothing, ridiculed by the crowds, and in the end abandoned by his disciples. Terrified and questioning, he needed people to comfort him and be with him as he passed through death. We minister to the hurting Jesus. We touch people who


Ministry in the church is rooted in service mission. The person we are sent to


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