We were created to connect with God through prayer, the sacraments, scripture, and life in a faith community. “May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you all with that is good, that you may do His will. May he carry out in you what is pleasing to Him...” (Hebrews 13:20-21). All of us need to live out the Good News of Jesus Christ in our words and actions.
We are all a treasure in God’s eyes. He finds unlikely people and sends them out on surprising errands. When we perform a Christian act, we represent the Lord. The disciples chosen by Jesus were not rich, socially acceptable, or exceptionally intelligent, nor were they chosen for their leadership abilities. Simon and Andrew were ordinary fishermen; Matthew and Zacchaeus, disreputable tax collectors; Mary Magdalene, a woman of ill repute. In the gospel of John, Jesus uses a young a lad to perform the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish to feed thousands. It was Andrew who pointed out to Jesus the young boy who had the fish and bread.
The Lord seeks those of us who will open our hearts to Him and He transforms us. Simon would become Peter. Mary Magdalene would become the first witness to the resurrection. Matthew would become one of the gospel writers. Let us remember that Paul who met Jesus on the road to Damascus wrote in his letter to the Corinthians that God singles out the weak of the world to shame the strong.
Let us put our faith to the test …