In the heat of the day, after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, they came hot, tired, and dirty….Fr. Alan from Africa and Daniel from Spain. For many years, both of these men have been involved in the Neocatechumenal Way. They are walking itinerant missionaries. The Way sends them to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ who died for our sins and who rose from dead so we can have life eternal. They came to Jacmel as Jesus sent his disciples, without money, clothes, telephone or any other security. When they came to our house, we were getting ready for Mass, so we gave them water and invited them to stay. After Mass they met with our youth and shared their stories. Later, we told them where they could shower, and we gave them a change of clothes. We then washed their dirty clothes to give back to them the next day. We gave them some sandwiches and then a ride to the next place they wanted to go to bring the Good News.
The following day, they returned for their clean clothes. We invited them to stay for Mass and dinner. We enjoyed a wonderful sharings of the Good News, and they assured us that the Way soon will be coming to the Diocese of Jacmel with the catechesis.
We feel blessed that these two itinerant missionaries came to our home, and we feel as though the following passage from Genesis 18:1-5 was fulfilled in our midst: “The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.” “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”