Can we be like St. Paul and accept God’s call to a particular ministry?
1 Timothy 1:12
Saint Paul speaks of his gratitude towards Jesus for considering him worthy for his ministry. St. Paul knows his shortcomings and knows that Jesus has seen past them into St. Paul’s worth. Jesus does not see where we are or have been but rather where we can and should be.
Can we appreciate how Jesus knows that we are capable of so much more? We may think that we are unworthy or unable to build God’s kingdom but with Jesus we are always able to. Even if we do not believe we can, Jesus knows the truth of our value. We may not know but Jesus knows our true worth.
When we accept Jesus’ invitation to follow God we are given the strength for the journey and elevated to a new self. We may be tasked with difficult work but Jesus himself provides the abilities to achieve them. Doing God’s work is a challenge but with Jesus we are more than capable.
Have we recognized what ministry God is asking us to take up? Are we afraid to lead a ministry because of our limitations? Let us continue to rely on Jesus to give us strength and guide us in accomplishing God’s will. Only after the journey can we look back and be grateful to God for being able to do what we never imagined we could.
As a Maryknoll seminarian, Diego Ramirez talks about his experience serving and accompanying communities abroad. In this conversation Diego defines or redefines what ‘missionary work’ means and how Christians can connect with our fellow neighbors.