Homily for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Readings for Today

Yesterday we identified the problem. We saw the program. And today we witness the solution. The problem of course, if you remember was the observation by Jesus that the people were like sheep without a shepherd. They were directionless, and leaderless. At the end of yesterday’s gospel Jesus notes the need for spiritual leaders.

And what is it that he does? Prays. his program does not involve the creation of slick posters or clever marketing campaign, it does not involve strategic plan for deep thought, it involves simply asking “the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.” It is simple.  We need to make sure that we ask.

In today’s gospel, Jesus identifies those individuals that will go forth to proclaim the kingdom. We will come to know that Jesus is not chosen perfect individuals. Some are impulsive, some have designs for power, and many will take some time to understand the purpose and mission of Jesus. But because Jesus suggests asking the Master of the harvest to send those harvesters necessary to reap the fruit of the kingdom of God, we can presume that what Jesus almost in each of these individuals was faith.

There is an important lesson for each one of us. God does not call us because we are perfect. God does not cause because we are like everybody else. God does not even call us because we resemble other saints.  God calls us because of faith.  Moreover, God calls us because he knows our hearts. Just as he knew each of those he calls today, warts and all, he knows us.

The call to holiness is always available to each one of us. The relationship Jesus desires can happen at any time, once we open our hearts to him. And given those unique things that God has entrusted to each one of us, the unique way to which we are called to proclaim the kingdom of God, our call is indeed our call. It can only be answered by us, because God does not desire to lose any one of us.

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