Christ sends the Twelve out. He sends them with the power to drive out demons and to cure every sort of disease. And, interestingly, He tells them not to go to the pagans or the Samaritans, but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. They are to go, proclaiming that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
The first goal is the conversion of the Israelites. This should not be a surprise. These are God’s chosen people; these are the people that God wants to lead all nations to Him. Of course we know, that ultimately doesn’t happen.
If Christ were to send a messenger to Our Lady of Lourdes parish proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand, would we believe him? What proof would we need? What miracles would our messenger have to work? In the end, would we reject him and would we reject Christ who sent him because the wonderful message we had waited a lifetime to receive turned out to be just too wonderful to believe?
The truth is, Christ is calling us – each and every one of us, and not just here at Our Lady of Lourdes, but everywhere. Christ wants every person alive to come to Him. He uses many messengers to make His call and sends abundant proof, and yet for so many the call is just too wonderful to believe.
Let us pray for the grace to not just hear Christ’s call ourselves, but to help others hear the call of Our Lord. Let us pray that through our thoughts, actions, and prayers we can be the messengers who lead others to Jesus and not be the barriers that stand in the way of His call being heard.