loves a cheerful giver”(2Cor 9:7)…that was one of my first assignments
when I started to help out in a Ministry. Javier, the leader of the program
asked me to please find out that passage in the Bible where it says something
about a cheerful giver. Here I go at seventeen looking all over the Bible for
the passage. I grew up in Peru, a third world country. At that time, there was
no internet available at the office to go online and “google” the passage. It
took me a whole morning to find it and when I did find it, I gave the passage
to Javier and he said “there you go, remember that”. He didn’t need it, of
course he knew where it was but he wanted me to remember that always…and guess
Every time you give out of love you
receive more than what you can imagine. We have received the best of treasures:
Our Faith and is our responsibility to keep it alive. The Church is a body and
as a body has many parts; there are many different ministries to get involved
and make Christ present in today’s world. Are you involved in a ministry?
Saint Martin’s has different ministries
you can get involved with and that may not even require a lot of your time but
to give cheerfully. There are ministries to teach, to serve the homeless and
the poor, to help with the liturgy, to deepen in your faith, music ministry,
children ministry, youth ministry and many others. The most important part in
this task is to remember that even when you think there is no more you can give
you can still give. There is love, patience, your witness and many other
talents you can give.
To find the ministry that you are most suitable
for requires some discernment. God gave each of us gifts that are different
from each other and it becomes the richness of the whole community. Saint
Catherine of Siena said "If you
are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!”. This is
another one of my favorite Saint’s quotes because it reminds us that our
greatness is in becoming what we were born for and to accomplish God’s Plan for
us and for the whole humanity. What gifts can you give to the community? I
invite you to ask yourself that question to be an agent of reconciliation to
help others to learn and love Christ and the Church so that they also may find
the answer and the reason for their hope.
One of the things that strike the most
to the locals in the cities where World Youth Days takes place is the joy that
young Catholics transmit. I remember people going out their balconies in Spain
and Rome to see the crowds of young people singing and praying on the streets. Is
that same joy that we are to give to others, is the joy that comes up natural from
the faith and hope in Jesus Christ who died for us and has risen from the dead.
What about you….are you up for the Adventure?
Labels: Christian life, Joy, Ministry