Called To A Mission

I think it was the old Mission Impossible series of the Sixties that began each show with “your mission, should you choose to accept it…” We too as Christians have been given a mission, a rescue mission.
All around us people are lost and dying spiritually, headed for hell. We are called to rescue them. We have to reach out to those around us who are suffering?
You might be thinking I don’t know how to. I’m afraid. I don’t know what to say. People will think I’m weird. I’m too young. I’m too old. Moses and Jeremiah had similar excuses for saying no but God didn’t accept them. Instead He sent them out with a promise that He would be with them.
Our focus shouldn’t be on who we are, on our weaknesses but on who God is and on His strengths. We need to trust Him to supply what we need when we need it. We need to open ourselves to His power and allow Him to use us.
We need to open ourselves to His love in the Eucharist and allow Him to change us. We need to focus on His love for us so that we may experience peace in any situation. We can put up with anything if we know we are loved immensely by God and that He is with us. We can ask for His grace to help us love those who seem unlovable. We can remember that the obnoxious person in front of us is someone for whom Jesus gave His life.
Our job today is to go out into the world and bring the love of Jesus. We are to love those with whom we come into contact with one person at a time. That might mean something as simple as greeting them with a smile. It could be listening to their problems. It could mean being silent as they ridicule us and forgiving them in our hearts. It sounds difficult but our model is Jesus, who loved even those who scourged Him, ridiculed Him and even those who drove the nails.
Our job or mission is to love one person at a time doing whatever is necessary. We may think greeting someone with love to be a little thing but we don’t know the impact of such a greeting may have on the other person. It may be that person was having a bad day up to that point. Your greeting lightened their mood and they were nice to the next person they encountered who was nice…. There is a ripple effect as the little bit of love we share was passed on to countless people.
The same could be true of negative reactions or harsh words. These too could be passed person to person way beyond our understanding. This is a scary thought to a former teacher when you realize how far one negative thing said in a classroom could spread.
With God’s help we can do better at bringing His love to the world. We need to feed ourselves, fill ourselves with His love as often as possible so that we can bring His love to the world. His love is the best sermon we could ever preach. It is His love not our words that will draw people.
We need to focus on our mission, to be aware that we have a mission and ask God daily for the grace to carry it out. Ask Him to help us respond to every situation with love. Ask Him to guide us and show us how to respond. Ask Him to bring you into contact with people who need God’s love. Ask Him to give you any words that might be needed.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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