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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Jun
13

'What's Your Ministry?'

St. Anthony of Padua

Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged.

- 2 Corinthians 4:1

When I was in the seminary, I heard much about ministry. I was to be a minister of the church, I was told. Ministry would define me. After ordination, I attended a diocesan meeting where a man was explaining the work done by people in education, finances, maintenance and other departments. He kept referring to these people as ministers. I said they should be called workers or employees. Visually incensed, he replied: "Just because you are a priest, don't think others can't also be ministers." He was correct. There are countless ministers on earth, seeking to make Christ present in some place or in their work. They provide service and make a better world. Ministers are in medicine, law, science and where those who pick up our trash on the curb--ministers of the environment. To all true ministers, much appreciation and many thanks to you.

Dear reader, what is your ministry?

- Fr. James McKarns
 
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Thank you Fr. James for your inspiring devotion.

"The Holy Spirit is the Author of the Bible. We can always understand a book more clearly if we can sit with the author and ask what he or she meant when writing their work. How much more can we understand the Word of God with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!" (Obtained from Presentation Ministries)

Lord, thank you for being merciful to me by allowing me to serve You with love for others as You have loved me. Amen.

God Bless everyone!
Tillie | Posted on: 2019-06-13 15:56:24
 
I have wondered that same question for a long time: what is my ministry? Then it came to me that it was not, is not and will not be my ministry.......it is His ministry that I serve!

So my ministry is to be a servant, a servant of the Lord Most High :-) serving where He calls me! There are the scheduled ministries He called me to serve the students in BSF and CBS, September through May every year. Then there are the floating ministries where He calls me to love unconditionally, to listen patiently, to comfort gently, to give joyfully, and to sacrifice willingly for His people whom He places on my path :-) His (my) family, His strangers, His church, my friends, my neighbors, my schools, my communities, my country and the world!

Ther is no way I can do all that on my own without His Holy Spirit equipping and teaching me :-)
* 1 Corithians 1:26-29, "Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him."
* Hebrews 13:21, "(God) equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever."
* Philippians 2:13, "for it is God Who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose."

After studying the Scripture for many, many years, then one day I realized we should not pray (ask) for 'volunteers' for ministries, we pray for "servants!"
* Because 'volunteers' are giving up whatever they think they are giving up (time, money and resources) and will eventually get tired and quit.
* But "servants" are being called and equipped by God. Servants do not quit, they listen and move on to His calls. So now whenever we need more "ministers" to His ministries, we tell people who are interested (in 'volunteering') to pray about if God really calls them to serve the ministry!
* Each one of us, servants, can and will tell a story how God called us to His ministries through His Holy Spirit!!! (It usually starts with, "I don't know how to do this, or I don't have time for this, or I am not comfortable with this, etc)

Why would Paul say, "we are not discouraged?" Because we will be discouraged when serving HIm and His ministries. It is not if but when!!!

Here is what Paul said what we will be discouraged about in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, "
* And even though our Gospel is veiled,
* it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers,
* so that they may not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God."

What is the antidote to this discouragement? Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:5-6, "
* For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord,
* and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
* For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."

Amen! Amen I say to You, my Lord and my God! Let Your light shine in my heart to give me the light of the knowledge of Your glory displayed in the face of Christ, my Lord and my God!!!
Salina | Posted on: 2019-06-13 11:00:08
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Yes Salina! Paul sums it best "For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord". Every moment of our lives is an opportunity for ministering, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ as Lord!
Bob m | Posted on:: 2019-06-13 14:07:12
 
Amen.
freeter | Posted on: 2019-06-13 09:52:10
 
Amen
Ana | Posted on: 2019-06-13 09:26:14
 
Everyone of can make a small difference in the world we live. Ministring to others can be just offering a helping hand.

In our own church there are many different roles we can join. I have always found a special closeness to Jesus being an active part of these ministries.

Prayers for our Living Faith Family, May everyone have a very blessed day.

Put God First!

Amen

Tim | Posted on: 2019-06-13 09:24:02
 
Thank you Father James. As a catholic school teacher since 1991 I have often heard it is our ministry to guide our future students in mind, body, and spirit. I feel privileged to offer what I can to the children, but to be honest, they with their innocence and love minister to me many times too.
God’s blessings to our Living Faith Family (another great ministry) and prayers for a beautiful day.
Normita | Posted on: 2019-06-13 09:14:35
 
To answer your question Fr. McKarns our ministry my wife and I is Retrouvaille a programme supporting struggling married couples. We attend a programme in 2003 and thanks to the ministry of others we had a good outcome and have been involved since.

Much of the world we operate in is suspicious even hostile to Catholic based organisations. It is not easy but we are not surprised, take as an example the reception to Jesus ministry by the authorities and people of the time.

"Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged." We have the role model of Jesus to follow and the constant ever present guidance and supply of His Holy Spirit. We don't seek or need recognition from the ever changing world. Our joy is in seeing couples awaken to new possibilities.

As you put very well Fr. every ministry great or small is valuable. Dear Lord remove our veil to see what you are calling us to do, and continue to support us as we do so in Love.
Patrick | Posted on: 2019-06-13 06:18:32
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Amen Patrick! I like what you wrote.

Dear Lord remove our veil to see what you are calling us to do, and continue to support us as we do so in Love.
Tillie | Posted on:: 2019-06-13 15:26:02
 
 
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