Audio Readings September 13, 2013 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14;Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11; Luke 6:39-42

He considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. (1 Timothy 1:12)

Do you consider yourself trustworthy when it comes to the call to preach the gospel? Jesus does! He didn’t give this job just to St. Paul and the other apostles. He has given it to all of us! Exciting, isn’t it? Jesus, your Savior, Redeemer, Healer, and Friend, has deemed you worthy to carry the responsibility of telling the world about who he is.

In today’s first reading, St. Paul recalls a time when he was “a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man” (1 Timothy 1:13)—that is, until the Lord revealed himself to Paul and brought him to conversion. Then, filled with gratitude for what he had received, Paul joyfully took up the call to spread the good news far and wide.

Now, if God could use someone with a past as violent as Paul’s, why couldn’t he use you? Remember, Paul didn’t become the great “apostle to the nations” overnight. He had to deal with his old habits, assumptions, sins, and prejudices, but he didn’t wait until he was perfect to begin sharing the gospel. On the contrary, he couldn’t keep his mouth shut about the Lord!

Let Paul’s story be a source of comfort and inspiration to you today. God has entrusted the gospel to you. You don’t have to be a pastor standing in the pulpit each week, a noted theologian, or a religious brother or sister to preach the gospel. He chose you for who you are, for the gifts and talents that only you have. He chose you because of the unique way that you show people what the Christian life is like. Most important, he chose you because he knows you can do it!

So come to Jesus with a grateful heart. He has taken the scales off your eyes and commissioned you to show forth his glory and his love. Let the joy of your salvation rise up in your heart so that it can propel you into the world with the best news possible. Then look for every opportunity he gives you to share the reason for your joy.

“Lord, I am amazed that you have called me to share your good news. By your Spirit, fill me with confidence and courage to be your ambassador.”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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