4th Sunday of Lent
2 Corinthians 5:17-21;Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 34:2-7; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
During a high school trip around the world, William Borden, the heir of the Borden Dairy Company, felt a strong call to become a missionary for the Lord. He had seen so much poverty in his travels, and he wanted to dedicate himself to reaching out to all those who were suffering. When he made that decision, Borden wrote these words in his Bible: No reserve.
After graduating from college, Borden turned down a number of lucrative job offers. All he wanted was to be an overseas missionary. When he made that decision, Borden wrote these words in his Bible: No retreat.
Shortly after having completed his ministry training, Borden traveled to Egypt. There he was struck with a fatal case of spinal meningitis and died at the age of twenty-five. When he learned of his condition, Borden wrote these words in his Bible: No regrets.
In today’s second reading, St. Paul calls himself an ambassador for Christ. He lived his life as a representative of the Lord. As such, he felt personally responsible to further the mission of the Church wherever he went and whatever he did.
William Borden was convinced to serve the Lord during a round-the-world vacation. Paul felt the call while he was persecuting the Church. Like them—and like every saint in the Church—we too are called to be ambassadors for Christ. God wants us to become his representatives as we go about our daily lives.
So Mister or Madame Ambassador, always be open and alert for your next assignment. It may come during a routine day, or it may come in the midst of a momentous event. No matter how it comes, embrace it with all your heart. Follow your assignment, and dedicate yourself to living for the glory of Jesus. Make this your motto: “No reserve, no retreat, no regret.”
“Here I am, Lord. Send me!”~WAU