by Colleen Sisolak, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Good and gracious Father, how blessed we are with all the gifts You have provided, the greatest being Your most perfect Son, our Lord, Jesus. The scriptures are full of people to remind us of the ways to become closer to You. The strength and courage of these men and women is a true testament to their love and faithfulness for You.
Over the past few weeks, we have learned much about St. Paul and his conversion and his travels, as well as his call and works to bring others into conversion. Today, we hear of his faith in You even more. Paul states, “. . . the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me.” Acts 20:23 Yet, he willingly says goodbye to the people of Miletus and all of Asia to go to Jerusalem, for he desires nothing more than to serve You. “Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
All the examples in the scriptures of holy men and women, St. Paul himself, were all sinners, (except Jesus and Mary), “regular people” who chose to make the decision to put aside their own desires and proclaim Your glory and love. As we are approaching Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, may we, too, be reminded to set aside our desires and proclaim Your glory and love. May we be mindful of the ways that we can evangelize and witness to others. May we allow the Holy Spirit to use us as a vessel for Christ and open our hearts to ongoing conversion and help others to also be converted into all the blessings and gifts You provide.
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