Our Gospel this week shows us how Christ called his first disciples. He simply called out to them and told them to follow him. He never really told them what that meant, what they would be doing, what dangers they would face. He simply told them, "Follow me" and he promised them they would see amazing things. And they followed him.
Jesus continues to do this today. He calls out our names and tells us to follow him. When he does this, he doesn't tell us what to expect, he doesn't tell us what he is going to have us do, he doesn't tell us how following him will change our lives. But, he promises us that we will see amazing things. Later on in the Gospel, he tells us that following him would not be easy, that our relationships with friends, colleagues and family members may become strained because of our faith.
It's certainly not easy to stand up against injustice, to stand up against racism, to stand up against oppression, to stand up against evil. We have never been trained on how to heal hurt, how to bring hope, how to provide light in the darkness. But somehow, we are doing all of these things through Christ. The job may seem to be overwhelming, but again, Christ never told us it would be easy. But, he called our name and we decided to follow him.
Let us focus on healing the hurt in our communities, in binding up the division in our society and bringing the light and love of Christ to our neighbors. Bringing peace to our nation starts with us.
God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.