From the Deacon’s Desk:  Prayer and Inspirational Thoughts

t is time! It is time for the apostles, the disciples, the followers of Christ –for you and I – to step forward and do our part.  As Jesus prepares to Ascend into heaven, God’s plan for the salvation of humanity has reached a turning point.  Soon the followers of Jesus will move from fearful and unsure to bold proclaimers of the Good News!  They are preparing to enter a time of new beginnings with new found confidence and joyful hope.  They move forward trusting always that Jesus has their backs!  This was not easy for them, as many did not want to hear the message they had to deliver.

As we look around today, we are confronted by a world that is often not receptive to our Catholic values.  It is easy to understand the fears the apostles had in confronting what seems to be such a majority of people.  But, we are called as they were, to move forward with confidence and hope, loving one another and trusting always that Jesus has our backs!  He promised us that we would “receive power when the Spirit comes upon us that we may be His witnesses…to the ends of the earth!”  We walk with the Holy Spirit at our side, Jesus in our heart and God as our protector.

Paul says to us in his Letter to the Ephesians, “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call…”   Jesus has finished his work here on earth and now begins to extend the call to each of us to continue the good works begun.  It is our call to make the church come alive again as we continue to recover from the pandemic through the inspiration and guidance of the Spirit.  Jesus tells us in the gospel “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”  We do so through our actions even more than through our words.

As Vincentians, we have a calling to lead the way for others who have been shaken by their challenges in life.  Many have had their financial home rocked, and often their physical well-being and health shaken.  Many find themselves in situations they never imagined.  They are in some cases rudderless.  They look to us for a listening ear, compassionate heart and virtual embrace.  Now more than ever, humility, patience and trust in God are essential for us to have.  We need to be their beacon of light on the hillside showing them the way to hope and renewal.  We need to be the reminders of God’s eternal plan and eternal love, for He is with us always!  How do I turn in trust to God, humbly asking for His guidance through prayer to solutions for others?  How do I first listen, hearing and embracing the fears and sufferings of those I minister to, and then guide them to God’s will for them through prayer?  How do I help them to see God’s presence in their lives even when in the face of their suffering?

Lord Jesus, help us to overcome our personal challenges in life with a renewed faith and hope embracing the many blessings you bestow on us.  Let us shout with joy telling all the world of your love for us.  Allow me to minister always in humility, with gentleness and patience that I might respond worthily to your call. Grant that I might be able to effectively convey your hope, your presence, and your love to all I minister to. Allow me to be your instrument of healing helping to usher in new beginnings for those who are hurting.  I pray all of this in your name.  Amen

Deacon Mike