Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

READINGS


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 7:17-26
Morning Psalms: Psalms 30, 32
New Testament: Titus 3:1-15
Gospel: John 1:43-51
Evening Psalms: Psalms 42, 43

DEVOTIONAL


Remind your people…They must always be ready to
do something helpful…They should be
gentle and kind to everyone.” 
(Titus 3:1-3)

For the simple reason that I have been entrusted to lead the Outreach Ministry at St. Matthew’s, these words from Titus really spoke to me. In fact, they hit a personal chord. 

Before I started officially working with Outreach, things were very different. I wanted to do good things. I strongly believed in doing good things. I just never felt the overwhelming call to action. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to do my part. Volunteering is something I’ve always done. I coached my kids; I was a Cub Scout Leader; I served as a Team Mom for Football -- and these were all very good things, especially since I was with my kids. 

Nevertheless, aside from my immediate family, I never had the feeling that I was making a difference in anyone else’s life. Ever since I started working with the Outreach Ministry at St. Matthew’s, however, I have felt a part of a very good thing, and I have seen wonderful good things happen. We (you and I) do impact lives as we reach out to strangers without expecting anything in return. By focusing on the needs of others and their well-being, by not judging lifestyles or situations, we simply help. Finding the time and the energy is not always easy. Yet, I know we must seek new ways for our Outreach at St. Matthew’s to continue helping people as much as we can and as often as we can…even while knowing that, in the end, it is not our good deeds, but God’s mercy that is our salvation. 

AB

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