GO, YOU ARE SENT!

Monday 30th November – Feast of St Andrew, Apostle

Reflection: Romans 10: 9-18

GO, YOU ARE SENT!

When we encounter the word “preacher”, we almost instinctively turn around to our priests and pastors and point a finger at them – yes, that is the preacher! They are the ones St Paul refers to when he says in today’s first reading, “…they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent.” To a large extent, our instinct is correct because our priests are called in a special way to be shepherds and teachers of God’s people. Yet, that is a grossly incomplete picture of who a preacher is.

We gather together at Mass each day or each Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist and our pastor is ever there at his duty post to preach the word of God to us. We listen, offer our gifts and petitions and receive the Eucharist after which we dismissed with a mission to go into the world and sanctify it with the grace we have received from the Mass. Like Cleopas and his companion who did not remain in Jerusalem after their encounter of the risen Christ, we too are sent forth to go tell our brethren: “we have seen the Lord!”

Dear friend, you cannot truly encounter our Lord and keep it to yourself. Jesus calls you just as he called Andrew whom we celebrate today to be a “fisher of men.” He calls you to show the love, patience and mercy of God to those who surround you in your everyday life – at home, school, work, on the streets, at the pitch…everywhere. He calls you to preach the gospel in places where your priest is unlikely to get to through the witness of your life as well as through your words. Let us heed this call with joy. Let us take up the mission each day so that everyone we encounter will have the privilege of hearing the good news and believe in it unto salvation.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please help me to heed your call to be a missionary in my everyday life. Let my commitment to you be manifest in my way of living and bring others to encounter you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1304 – Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul and indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 10: 9-18; Psalm 19: 2-5; Mt 4: 18-22

PREPARED FOR A MISSION


Wednesday 15th July – Memorial of St Bonaventure, Bishop & Doctor

PREPARED FOR A MISSION

Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12

None of us is here on earth by accident; we are all creatures of purpose (Jeremiah 1: 5; Isaiah 49:1). No matter the circumstances of our birth or difficulty surrounding our lives we can take consolation in the abiding truth that the Almighty God willed our being. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139: 13-16), created to show forth the praise of God on earth (1 Peter 2: 9). Despite the good purpose of God for us all, we however cannot fully attain this except we walk with Him in absolute dependence – this demands great humility, faith and obedience.

We can readily see the above play out in the life of Moses. Baby Moses had it rough, Pharaoh was after the life of Hebrew male babies born around His birth (Exodus 1: 15-22). His mother had to hide him for three months ( Exodus 2:1) before God in His amazing plan eventually had him to be raised by the daughter of the very Pharaoh who was after His life ( Exodus 2: 3-10). Having received the best education of his time (Act 7: 22) and raised on royal privileges, Moses considered himself fit and ready to liberate his people. In defence of a Hebrew, he murdered an Egyptian (Exodus 2: 11-15). This made him a fugitive for the next forty years (Acts 7: 23-30). Having lost His royal privileges, he had to live with and work for his father in-law. I consider this a pruning time for Moses during which God worked on him to refine him for his primary assignment in life. He was so pruned that the scripture later referred to him as the meekest man on earth (Number 12:3)!

Beloved in Christ, take a look at the heroes of our faith (Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, Elijah, Peter etc.), you see the trend of God working on each of them to refine them for his glorious use. Dear friend, what is the circumstance of your birth or background? Are you going through the pruning process and it appears God is cutting off you all forms of support other than Himself? Are there habits or character flaws God is correcting in you through the situations He has been taking you through lately? Let us fully yield ourselves to Him. Until we die to self, we cannot truly live for God (John 12: 24-26). He gives grace to the humble but opposes the proud (James 4:6).

PRAYER: Father, I acknowledge my nothingness without you. Please prune me; cut away from me all that you do not want in me. Help me to cooperate with your grace that I may live out your primary purpose for my life.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2847 – The Holy Spirit makes us discern between trials, which are necessary for the growth of the inner man, and temptation, which leads to sin and death. We must also discern between being tempted, and consenting to temptation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “My son, if you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for temptation” Sirach 2:1 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12; Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7; Matthew 11:25-27