Posted: 05 Feb 2009 01:00 AM CST(Catholic exchanged)
Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 / Mk 6:7-13
The ordinariness and repetitiveness of daily life can cause us at times to question whether we are in the right place and doing something that’s worth doing. It’s a natural question, and a good one, because it can start us thinking about changes that really do need to be made. But more important, it can stimulate a process of reflection that can help us remember or see more clearly why we are where we are.
Today’s Gospel story about the Apostles being sent out to preach and teach and heal for the first time, brings to mind an interesting pattern in many of the stories about Jesus’ healing of the sick, blind, and lame. Quite often, the one who has been healed asks if he may join Jesus’ traveling band of Apostles and disciples. And almost always Jesus says “No.” Instead, He tells the person to go home and give his full attentions to what is at hand right there.
Most of us are not called to be nuns, priests, monks, or brothers. But all of us, by virtue of our baptism, have a special calling to build God’s kingdom right where we are. So when those “doubt days” come to you, don’t brush them aside, but seize them as an opportunity to ask the question: Am I really using all the gifts that God gave me to build up His kingdom right here and right now?
That’s a question whose answer can keep you busy for a whole lifetime!