Daily Reflection – 2/6/2020
He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick–no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (Mark 6: 7-13)
Today’s Gospel message echoes that we have all been called by the Lord, destined for adoption to become children of God.
Most people react to the word “calling” by referencing it to a call to religious life. Yes, those of us who have been called to the ministerial or religious life have answered a call. But while our callings differ greatly in the visible world, the spiritual calling that we must answer in the invisible world is identical to all of us. As St. Paul states at the beginning of the Letter to the Romans, it is through our human spirit that we serve God by announcing the gospel of His Son.
Our calling is to allow ourselves be transformed by the Word of God. We are called to be disposed in Christian love to share the Word of God with those who are open to Divine grace.
I think we could say that since the time of the flood there has never been a time when we have kicked against the word of God as much as we are doing now, there has never been a time with as much sin as now. Now, more than ever, it is time to proudly wear our faith. To allow our words, actions and lives to be a visible witness to the Gospel message we espouse.
Now is not the time to use the fact that we go to Church weekly or daily to be a sufficient example of our faith. Now is the time when living our faith is not only called for but it is absolutely vital. If you shirk from that belief, then ask yourself “why.” It is in asking the question that you confront yourself and your faith. Faith is not solely lived in your living room reading scripture. Faith is not solely lived by “being a nice person.”
Faith is meant to be shared. If you are living your faith, you are standing out. If you are standing out, you have answered the active version of being called. You and I are called. You and I have been called . . . for a lot longer than we are willing to recognize. You and I have been called to fulfill, “I live now not my own life but the life of Christ who lives in me.”
How fantastic is that !!
Prayer of The Day
Lord, make me a channel of your grace and healing love that others may find life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the things of heaven. May I witness the joy of the gospel both in word and deed.
The Lord wills to work through and in each of us for his glory. Are you ready to handle the power and authority which God wishes you to exercise on his behalf? The Lord entrusts us with his gifts and talents. Are you eager to place yourself at his service, to do whatever he bids you, and to witness his truth and saving power to whomever he sends you?