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January 22, 2021

Mk 3: 13-19

He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Then he went home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Called to shine our light into the world

Lately I have been contemplating the following questions: Am I shining when I am meant to shine? Am I fading into the background when another is supposed to shine instead? God is both calling me to some unique purpose in this life and God is also calling every other person that walks this earth to something unique and wonderful as well. There is space for all of us. So, how can I honor that?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows us the way by inviting people to journey alongside him. While Jesus is walking with them, he will be the one to shine. He does not, however, just call people to his side to watch him perform miracles and preach the good news. He called them so that they may be “sent forth” to shine their lights in the world as well. May Jesus be our example in leadership today.

Gretchen Crowder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in Dallas, TX.

 

Prayer

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

—St. John Henry Newman


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January 22, 2021

Mk 3: 13-19

He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Then he went home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Called to shine our light into the world

Lately I have been contemplating the following questions: Am I shining when I am meant to shine? Am I fading into the background when another is supposed to shine instead? God is both calling me to some unique purpose in this life and God is also calling every other person that walks this earth to something unique and wonderful as well. There is space for all of us. So, how can I honor that?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows us the way by inviting people to journey alongside him. While Jesus is walking with them, he will be the one to shine. He does not, however, just call people to his side to watch him perform miracles and preach the good news. He called them so that they may be “sent forth” to shine their lights in the world as well. May Jesus be our example in leadership today.

Gretchen Crowder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in Dallas, TX.

 

Prayer

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

—St. John Henry Newman


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