You’ve Got Beautiful Feet!

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But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!

from Romans 10

There is so much coming our way as a Church: Advent, Christmas, a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Contained in these events are many ways for us to be engaged about our faith and also to help us engage others. The graces available in these coming months provide an excellent opportunity to let your light shine and to spread the Good News throughout the world. And as St. Paul points out in today’s reading from Romans, so many are counting on YOU to be the one that brings that Good News to them.

People sometimes think evangelization means being very forward about our faith and “preachy” as they say. Sometimes, a situation does call for a very direct and forthright message, but most of the time our call is to share the Gospel in simple yet profound ways. Dr. Jeff Mirus shared a few years ago 10 Ways to Effective Evangelization that I think every person of faith should read. Who we are and how we live is always more important than what we say. When people are seeking the MAIN THING about Jesus, they should be able to see what that is just by getting to know you.

You are an important part of God’s plan. There are those whose path you will cross and they might not get a chance to meet the Christ through anyone other than you. Where you walk on this earth will lead you to people and places that need the healing power of a relationship with Jesus. Let your feet take you to them and let your actions become more profound than any words. And yes, your feet will be seen as so very beautiful.

Be sure to click on photo above to see how 2 women are working to change a little corner of the world. One little corner at time; One pair of feet at a time.

To Be Gracious

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(Second Reading for First Sunday in Advent)

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

1 THES 3:12—4:2

 

Over the years, my children have participated in cotillion programs. These experiences teach young people about manners, social skills, and formal dance. Some think these programs only exist for wealthy or upper class people. I am neither one of those. I am just a parent who thinks manners still matter, that being social is a useful skill that can be learned, and that a little culture goes a long way. I can’t say my children loved everything about the experience, but they did grow in appreciation of how you should treat other people. I would like to think somewhere down the road they will find themselves in a situation and will call on what they learned to succeed.

Cotillion, school, team sports, and youth ministry are all ways we prepare our kids to enter a world where Jesus Christ is seen as a foreigner and how we live with one another is not a top concern. We teach them that they must always be ready to stand up for what’s right or defend their faith or values. They must continue to cultivate those small seeds we plant in them in order to grow and bear good fruit, for their lives are gifts and the time they have been given is precious.

Good stewardship is not always about that which we can quantify or see. Who we are as people is often about that which we offer as gesture to others. It may be a kind word, a witness to the power of God, or an offer for a dance. But we must always be ready to give of ourselves graciously for we never know when the call will come.