Ordinary witnesses

Amos was a shepherd, a dresser of sycamores. That’s when God called him to be a prophet to Israel and to preach God’s message of repentance.

"Amos answered, ‘I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’” — Amos 7:14-15

The disciples of Jesus too were ordinary men. Many of them like Peter were fishermen. Even one was a tax collector, Matthew. One would even betray Him in Judas. Yet, ordinary men as they were, Jesus called them to follow Him. And in today’s Gospel reading, they were sent by Jesus to preach His message of repentance:

“[Jesus] summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. So they went off and preached repentance.” — Mark 6:7,12

Today, the world needs more witnesses. To share God’s message of hope to those who are feeling hopeless and desperate, of love to those who are hungry for it, of peace to those who are weary and restless in the midst of the troubles of life, and of reconciliation and repentance for those who have lost their way.

But, God is not just calling extraordinary witnesses like prophets and saints. He is calling ordinary men like you and me to witness to His extraordinary love for us.

No matter how ordinary we are, no matter how ordinary the things that we do, no matter how ordinary our days seem to be, we can always witness to His love.

Like what St. Paul wrote in today’s second reading, we are chosen by God in our ordinariness to accomplish His will:

“In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will.” — Ephesians 1:11

The world needs more ordinary witnesses.


P.S. Maybe witnessing to His love doesn’t always have to be about doing something big, making difficult decisions, or reaching as many people as we can. Of course, they are truly important too. But, we can always start witnessing to His love through the care, the time, and the full, undivided attention that we give to the people closest to us.

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