REFLECTION FOR TODAY
September 17, 2021
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities… Lk. 8:1-2
Jesus made preaching tour from one town to another a significant part of his ministry. He preached about God’s love and mercy. He also healed the sick and cast out demons. His ministry made a deep impression on many that they responded by following him. Our gospel reference today made mentioned that some women apart from the twelve accompanied him. They were deeply touched by Jesus that they left all to follow Him.
The choice to abandon all things and follow Jesus by these disciples invites us to examine the extent to which we have committed our lives to following Him. There was different response to Jesus’ preaching. Some rejected Him, others believed in Him but were not willing to become His disciple, and some did commit themselves wholeheartedly to Jesus and His mission of proclaiming good news. For the latter, the good news they heard changed their lives.
What is your response to our Lord? One good way to properly answer this question is to examine the amount of time and energy you have committed to our Lord and His message. How much time have you spent studying your Bible, praying to Him, speaking about Him, and learning the faith that He has taught? How much does His message affect the decisions you make in life?
Being a Christian is not something we can compartmentalize. We cannot have our “faith time” a few moments of each week and then spend the rest of our time on other activities. True, our days will be filled with many activities that are simply normal parts of our lives. We all have duties and responsibilities that occupy much of our days. But being a Christian means that Jesus and His message permeates everything we do. Even our ordinary daily activities must be done for God’s glory and in accord with His divine will.
For Jesus’ first followers, though they traveled with Him from town to town and radically changed the course of their daily lives, they still would have engaged in many ordinary activities. But those ordinary activities were ultimately done to help them, and others fulfill their ultimate mission of listening to and responding to the Word of God.
Reflect, today, upon the extent that you have consecrated every part of your life to our Lord and His mission. Doing so does not necessarily require that you become a public evangelist, spend all day at Church or the like. It simply means that Jesus and His mission are invited into everything you do every day all day. We can never serve our Lord fully enough. As you examine your daily activity, look for ways to bring our Lord into everything you do. Doing so will truly make you one of His faithful disciples who are all in with your life.
Lord, You are on a mission to save souls and to build up Your glorious Kingdom. I thank You for inviting me to not only become transformed by Your holy Word but to help spread that Word to others. My life is Yours, dear Lord. Please enter every part of my daily life and use me for Your glory. Jesus, I trust in You.