This week’s gospel calls us to be ready and willing to be used by God in our daily circumstances. The fact that you are reading this editorial is probably a good indicator that you are a person seeking God and placing yourself before him either at Mass, a Communion service or by reading ‘God’ material. So, it is likely that God is already using you to minister his love, goodness and kindness to those around you, whether you are aware of it or not.
I’ve been pondering lately on how we operate much like an artery in the body when it comes to our availability to God. The artery is the vessel that the blood flows freely through. However, the wall-lining of those arteries can develop a build-up of cholesterol over time, which can impede the flow of blood throughout the body. So too, we can develop our own build-up of cholesterol in the form of fear, doubt, pride and selfishness, that impedes the work of the Holy Spirit in ministering to others in our city: ‘I’ve got more important things to do’; ‘I’m not holy enough’; ‘what might people think of me?’; ‘I can’t see where I can serve Him’; ‘I don’t have what God needs’; ‘I’m too old/young/sick/busy’; or maybe ‘my holiness is inspiring to others in itself!’
Imagine the work that God could do around us, if each of us was to be an unimpeded vessel that allowed God’s Holy Spirit to flow freely into the lives of others and God wasn’t restricted by our lack of vision or insight, our fear, doubt or pride. Let’s keep placing ourselves before God, being brave enough to ask Him to cleanse us of our ‘cholesterol build-up’, that He might be able to administer more of His love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control to affect our city of Christchurch. We are a city named for Him and WE are the labourers in this city. Be attentive to where God is inviting you to be His hands and feet this week.
Kirsten Challies – Parish Pastoral Worker