Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What are your gifts? What can you contribute to the work of the Gospel? - Daily Bible Readings June 21, 2017


The work of evangelization is a team exercise as it is impossible to achieve lasting results on your own. Jesus gathered 12 close disciples to train them in the work of evangelization; Paul always worked together with other people; and most, if not all, of the saints had many others who helped them in their ministries. The best thing about working together as a team is that someone else can back us up when we cannot do something or we are not so good at it.
       Working together as a team means knowing one’s gifts and recognizing that we need the help of others to accomplish something worthwhile. While we may be able to manage many things on our own, there will always be something we are not so competent at. This is why understanding the nature of the Church as the Body of Christ is so important. Feet without hands might be able to move the body from point A to point B, but without the hands to carry things, nothing can be brought with the feet in their travels. Conversely, our hands are not able to move between two points without our feet. We need to learn to work together in the mission of the Church if we are to successfully accomplish the command of Jesus to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
       Let us do our best to discern the gifts of the Spirit that we have been given and then humbly offer them for the work of the Church and the communities to which we belong. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

----------- REFLECTION QUESTIONS ----------
What are your gifts? What can you contribute to the work of the Gospel? How well are
fulfilling the promise you have made through the gifts that God has given you? Are you
exercising them at all?

Holy Spirit, show me the gifts that You have given me so that I may exercise them for the sake of the Gospel and the work of evangelization. Amen.

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