SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES, JULY 7, 2013: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends,- gatherings of 2 or more young adults in search of faith. (Today’s Letter is written by Sarah Kelly, a young adult in her twenties. Thanks Sarah!)
Today’s Gospel is from Luke 10:1-12, 17-20. Find it in your own Bible, or click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday.
Dear Sinead, Mark, and Friends,
Recently, a very good friend of mine sent me a card with a beautiful message on the outside, it read “friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things”. Wow, I really feel that this is the message which our friend Jesus is communicating to us today! He tells us that we are his messengers, that we have been created by His Father, “the Lord of the harvest”, who has given to us a mission, which in the words of Blessed Cardinal Newman, “he has not entrusted to another”. That is how special you are to God, -that he so knows you, and that your mission is not like anyone else’s. Such a message of faith, hope and love from the one who created you: He so knows you, that He knows every ‘hair on your head’; that he has given you a mission that suits your personality. All that is required of us is that we trust completely and wholeheartedly in his love for us. In the Gospel, Jesus highlights this very fact when he says: “carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals”. Clearly, the Lord of the harvest will provide for his labourers. He is basically saying, ‘carry nothing, and I will carry you’. If only we could trust so fully in God who has so much confidence in us, and whose love overflows for us.
Dear Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the “Kingdom of God is very near”. And yes it is, but like the card my friend sent me, it’s not in one big thing, but rather in ‘a million little things’. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you, and everything you do. Part of our mission is to bring the Kingdom of God about on earth, in whatever little ways we can. The Little Flower herself, St. Thérèse of Lisieux eloquently affirms that “Little things done out of love are those that charm the Heart of Christ”. So, no matter how small or powerless you may feel, you are doing God’s service. Every little action has the potential to radiate God’s grandeur and so bring the reign of His Kingdom. Finally, today’s Gospel concludes with this stirring message of hope, “nothing shall ever hurt you”.
So dear friends, no matter what you do today, do it with a heart full of love for the little things, and that in all the little things that you do, do it with love. Jesus has told you, he loves you, and nothing will hurt you. Trust in Him, and you will be making His Kingdom known.
Have a lovely day and week,
Your Comments to Sarah are welcome!