The Invite

The Invite
by Danny Tariman

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

“May we invite you and your wife to serve?” This was our parish priest’s invitation when he visited our home one evening. He was asking us to head a big ministry – a commission – which aims to bring families to the Church. I said, “We will pray about it and will review the goals and background of the ministry.”

After almost a month, we said yes to the invitation. Since then, we had reorganized the commission, dividing it into six ministries. Alternating with our usual monthly meetings, I spoke the Word of God to leaders of various ministries under our team. Everyone shared their respective personal reflections. The ministry team was indeed equipped to serve.

The team organized big events for the parish: the search for a model family, programs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and Mass weddings. Our parish community was so happy and thankful to the Lord for these events. Certainly, the Body of Christ in our parish was built up!

I will forever be grateful to God for allowing us to be a channel of His love in building our community. Truly, when the Lord calls, He equips!

Reflection: Do you sense the Lord is calling you to serve?

Prayer: When I hesitate to respond to Your call, empower me with Your Spirit to serve Your people. Amen

[This reflection was published in Didache Sept 21, 2019 both in hardcopy and in online formats]

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