Don’t wait for them to come

Do you wish to help others who are in need, especially those who are in need of Christ? Do you wish to proclaim God’s love to those who still do not know of it?

Today, the Gospel is challenging us to stop waiting for opportunities to help or to proclaim His love. Instead, let us seek those opportunities. Let us not wait for the people to come to us. Instead, let us go to them.

[Jesus] told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” — Mark 1:38

At the start of His ministry, Jesus was celebrated in Capernaum. People listened to Him teach and followed Him as He healed the sick. Jesus could have stayed in Capernaum where He could have been a local hero and miracle-worker.

Instead, He chose to fulfill His mission and go on to nearby villages and, later on, to Jerusalem, where He would be crucified. Jesus went out of His comfort zone to fulfill His mission, even if it meant dying on the cross.

Do you wish to help others? Don’t wait for them to come to you. Go to them.

Do you feel stuck in your job, your career, your business, or wherever you are? Do you feel as if you are not fulfilling your mission? Maybe you are not helping enough. Maybe you are not going out enough. Go out more and help. (This is a note to myself as well.)

Let us stop waiting for our big break — whether in helping or in what we are pursuing. Let us go out more, help more, and love more.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) shares a profound insight on man’s search for God:

Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. But this search for God demands of man every effort of intellect, a sound will, "an upright heart", as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God. — CCC Paragraph 30

Today, God is also calling us to witness to others, especially those who have not heard of Him. Let us not wait for them to come to us. Let us go to them.