Laura was a sweet and generous person even if a tad naive and unassertive. While in the Victorian Riverland she met Richard to whom she took a shine. They went out regularly.
Four months later they were touring around Europe on the cheap. While they were away, Richard became increasingly abusive towards Laura. Late one night in a Prague hostel he was shouting loudly at her and putting her down. Brad, a young Canadian at the hostel, quietly said to Laura, “You don’t have to put up with that”. But Laura felt stuck because her return ticket to Australia was not changeable and she felt dependent on Richard. Over the next couple of days Brad went with Laura on her trips to the grocery store.
That same week Brad and Richard went out for a drink. When they returned to the hostel, Laura was gone. Days later in Norway she was loving her new-found freedom. It was then that Laura wrote a postcard to her sister in Swan Hill, saying, “I have such good news to give you when I get back.”
As Scripture says: The footsteps of those who bring good news is a welcome sound. Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News. As Isaiah says: Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed? So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ.- Romans 10:15 b-17
Lord, in your kindness listen to our longings and prayers. You called Andrew* the apostle to preach the Good News and guide your Church in faith. While speaking with you of our needs may he always be our friend in your presence. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We know, where Christ has set his hand- From ‘An Art of poetry’ by James McAuley
Only the real remains:
I am impatient for that loss
By which the spirit gains
*St. Andrew is one of the twelve apostles and St. Peter’s younger brother. Their father was Jonas of Bethsaida. Matthew’s gospel tells us that Andrew was the first disciple chosen by Jesus.