Daily Gospel Reflection for February 6, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 6:7-13

When my kids were little, one sentence that could guarantee a wrinkle in my patience was, “I do it myself!”

I appreciated their independence but sometimes they chose the most impossible tasks for a toddler to try solo and they always seemed to do it when we were in a hurry.  They just didn’t understand that it was okay to ask for help when the job got tricky.

Today’s Gospel reminds me of that very same lesson I tried to teach my kids so many years ago…we don’t have to do it ourselves.  God sent the apostles two by two.  The “original evangelization” was so important it took a pair or a team.  The “new evangelization” is just the same.

We are called to share the Gospel and to live the Gospel.  Lucky for us, the instructions Mark wrote about in this passage are still as relevant today as they were when he wrote them.

We need to work together and admit we don’t always have the best ideas and abilities; God gave all of us gifts and talents to be used to further His kingdom.  We need to trust in God’s provisions; He loves us too much to let us go hungry or penniless.  He will provide for our need not our greed. Finally, we need to let the Holy Spirit guide us.  Sometimes our work is about just planting the seeds of His love and then stepping aside so He can finish the work.

Ponder:

What is the Father’s mission for you?  How is He calling you to further His kingdom and who can you join up with to complete your mission?

Pray:

Loving Father, show me how to serve.  Please guide my way and instruct me as I combine my time, talents and treasures with others who are willing to further Your kingdom.

Copyright 2014 Sheri Wohlfert

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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

6 Comments

  1. Thank you for writing about this, Sheri! I especially love your question, because I have been in the process of discerning how God wants to fulfill using my gift of writing. But it was a refreshing reminder to acknowledge that we don’t have to do anything alone; that helps when I have felt quite alone lately. Blessings!

    • It is a strange feeling to have a gift and not know quite what to do with it… then we get a chunk of “Good News” like today’s Gospel and then there is peace and patience. Peace for your journey…and know you have friends here at Catholic Mom for your travels! I’m amazed at the number of times someone shares a post that addresses the very thing I’m struggling with or celebrating. God is good! Blessings on your day!

    • That need and greed thing is pretty easy to loose track of isn’t it Deborah! Happy serving and blessings on your day!

  2. Sheri – I think you’ve hit upon the reason why I am so overjoyed about our work at CatholicMom.com — it’s the companionship in Christ of our writers that is such a tremendous blessing. I feel so blessed to have so many brothers and sisters in Christ with whom I can journey… and happy to count you as one of them!

  3. Thank you Lisa! I love the word overjoyed…it’s a reflection of your heart and that’s exactly the reason Catholic Mom is so successful…because overjoy can only come from an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Thanks for letting Him work through you! Blessings on your day!

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