When you stop and think about it, it would be must easier and less stressful not to believe in God. That’s right! Belief in God can make us very uncomfortable because it increases our responsibility for what does or does not happen in our world. If there were no God, then there would be no point in being responsible or being held accountable for what we do or do not do. A good thought to ponder this week.
The Gospel reminds us that if someone approaches us and asks for our help, we should not turn to that person and with pious words say, “Have faith; take your troubles to God and God will help you.”
Reliance on Divine Providence is an essential part of what it means to be a Christian. However, it cannot be used as an excuse for doing nothing, looking the other way so as to avoid getting involved. One cannot put on the team’s jersey with the big “C” on the front and sit on the sidelines and watch the game of life. One must role of one’s sleeves and be willing to get involved in the messiness of life. We must always remember that God works through us.
There is a story about how on a cold winter’s day a man came upon a small boy sitting begging on a windy city bridge. The boy was shivering from the cold and it was obvious he was in need of a good meal. On seeing him the man got extremely angry and said to God: “Lord, why don’t you do something about this boy?” And God replied, “I have already done something about him.”
God’s response surprised the man so he replied, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this: but whatever you did, it does not seem to be working.” God said, “I agree with you on that.” And so the man said, “By the way, what did you do?”
And to that God replied, “I MADE YOU!”
In today’s Gospel we heard how Jesus shared his mission with his apostles. This was just the beginning, for it would not be until he returned to the right hand of his Father that he would commission them to preach the Good News to the ends of the earth. The Great Commission given to the apostles has been handed down to us. It is now our responsibility to embrace it and carry it out.
All Jesus has in the world to bring his presence and Good News to others is each one of us. We are the very hands, heart, eyes, voice, feet, and love of Christ, to those we encounter on our journey. Jesus is counting on you and me.
At the end of each Mass we are not simply dismissed but are sent forth in the Name and power of Jesus, just as were the apostles, to spread the Kingdom in our midst. Jesus gives us all that we need to do this at Mass as we are nourished on Word and Sacrament. Like the apostles, may we be bold and courageous in the mission entrusted to us.
- Father Dennis, July 15, 2018