Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 6, A.D. 2005
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
As I read the gospels, I am struck by the many miracles Jesus performed
during His ministry. But there is one very big miracle that scripture does
not directly point out proves Christıs divinity to me more than any other
miracle. That miracle is how the gospel was spread to such far away places
by such a small group of relatively simple people.
In todayıs gospel reading we meet the twelve apostles as they are listed by
name. While we do not know a lot about some of them, we know that they were
common, everyday people. A few were fishermen. Peter was married and lived
with his mother in law. One was a tax collector. Paul, the apostle to the
gentiles who came later, was a tent maker. These were not highly educated
men from the priestly ranks or rulers of the land. They were actually
quite simple people, who struggled to make a living, care for their
families and worship God.
The one thing they had in common was that they were open to the Lordıs word
and His works. They took a huge chance and in total faith left their
professions to follow Him and spread the Good News of the Kingdom. All but
one paid the ultimate price through martyrdom.
This is the miracle: God chose average people to do His extraordinary work.
He continues to do this today by putting average people in soup kitchens,
aid shelters, overseas missions and parishes across the world. Our call is
not to be extraordinary, but to be ourselves, hear His word and follow him.
Then, the miracles happen.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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