In Sacred Scriptures, we know that on many occasions, God picks and sends what appear to be very ordinary people to speak His word. We find this in this Sunday’s readings; in the First Reading, we are presented with Amos, who does not pretend to any great dignity to bolster up his mission – he is of a peasant background, a shepherd and a dresser of sycamore trees. With this simplicity, he faces the task God gave him. In similar fashion Jesus sends the Apostles on a mission. They are ordinary men, sent out to challenge the wise and sophisticated people of the world. He gave them His authority and a share of His power. They are not even to arm themselves with many provisions even for their journeys. Their work is to depend completely on the power of the Lord.
We too are given the mission of speaking out for God. Being an ‘ordinary’ Christian is no excuse for remaining silent. Parents can pass on God’s word through the rearing of children in the faith. Workers can uphold Christian values at their workplaces. As citizens we can fight for justice and peace. All Christians are supposed to be ‘salt’, and ‘light’ – making a difference ‘out there’ in the culture to which we belong. Evangelization is our business. For this to happen, we need to recover a clear Catholic identity, and the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of our faith, including a deep love and understanding of the Eucharist. This is one of the visions of the Second Vatican Council – and we are certainly far living up to this vision. Blessings, Fr Michael
Greetings from Singapore, on the way to Jerusalem to start my first Course