January 23, 2015
St. Vincent, St. Marianne Cope
Building the Kingdom of God
He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach...
I recently spent time in the City Museum in St. Louis. It's a multistory playground, the fruit of an extravagant, generous, even wildly creative spirit, filled with mosaics and crazy crawling spaces. What caught my attention, though, was an undulating wall constructed completely of metal restaurant steam-table bins. I thought about the men and women who made the basic materials, constructed the machines to make the bins and fashioned the bins themselves: all work far less glamorous than the artist's. But where would the artist have been without that often thankless work?
Jesus' mission for us is like that: some of us celebrated and well known, but more living quietly with layers and layers of hard work and sacrifice poured out in answer to the call. The great vision and small moment are working together with the Lord to build that extravagant place called the Kingdom of God.
Jesus, thank you for all who answer your call.
- Amy Welborn
Hebrews 8:6-13|Psalm 85:8, 10-14|Mark 3:13-19