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The Invite

The Invite
“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]

Responding to the Call

Responding to the Call
by Danny Tariman

Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18)

I remember when I was first called to serve in a church ministry. I had mixed emotions. I was excited to serve but at the same time, many things were coming to my mind that made me hesitant to respond to the call: I was inadequate, I was shy, I lacked the ability, my job, and so many others.

If we read the Bible on how the first disciples responded to the call, the response was immediate.

When Simon & Andrew were called, they immediately left their nets and followed him. They did not had any second thoughts about their current job — that of being fishermen. The verse says “they immediately left their nets”.

When Matthew was called to follow the LORD, he “rose and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). Again it was immediate. He did not say, “Lord, let me fix my desk first and sort this out, then I will see you later”. The verse says “he rose and followed”.

How many of us when called to serve the LORD cannot immediately follow?

Let me tell you my experience. I said “Yes” immediately, despite my inadequacies. There I saw how the LORD transformed me. Quickly.

As a popular line goes “the LORD looks at your availability, not your ability”.

Go ahead, say “Yes” and you will see the hand of God equiping you.