Friday, 23 January 2015

Feeling pretty ordinary?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Susanne Timpani (No.68)  
And he went up on the mountain, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him.  And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons:  Simon whom he surnamed Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, whom he surnamed Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home. Mark 3:13-19
What is God's call on your life? 
When Jesus began his mission he chose twelve people for the task of preaching the kingdom of God and healing the sick in the power of that Kingdom. And what did these twelve have in common?
They were very ordinary people. Yes, just like us. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things.
They had no special education, and had no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could embrace the mission of Jesus and do it extraordinarily well.
When the Lord calls us to serve, He takes what we can offer and uses it for greatness in his Kingdom.  We must not ignore his call because we think that we have little or nothing to offer. The Lord needs ordinary people, like us, to offer our life to serve in His Kingdom. 
How do I embrace Jesus' mission in my everyday life? Is there something in my ordinary life that I can offer to God to serve in his Kingdom? 

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you

Malcolm Davies

Next Reflection:  Glenn D'Souza  Sunday25th January, 2015