Faith, God-moments, Gospel of Matthew, Grace, Jesus sends the Apostles, Mt 10:1-15, Without Cost You Are To Give, Without Cost You Have Received
1Jesus summoned His twelve disciples….and said: 7“As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give….11Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter a house, wish it peace. 13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you.” (Mt 10:1, 7-13, NAB)
It’s been two and a half months since I’ve posted. I’d like to say my busy-ness has been a factor but, honestly, I haven’t felt inspired. I had three posts in four days back in April and then….nothing, not an idea, not a sign, nada. Looking back, I’m sure God spread many gems of Grace in my path but in my blindness all I saw was a gravel pit.
Fast forward to this week and suddenly I feel as though I’m drinking from a fire hose. It’s like a divine thirst quenching and God will only close the valve when He knows I am sated. Everywhere I look I see with acute clarity God working in my life: events, conversations, images, ideas, scripture, people I’ve met. I sense God telling me, “Son, I’m giving you a plethora of inspiration, now do something with it!”
But, where do I begin? I was pondering this question yesterday afternoon when I finally had a chance to read the last two day’s scripture passages. As I read the Gospel, Mt 10:1-15, it became clear where to start: heed Christ’s command to “Go”. Go and spread the Word. Jesus summoned me three years ago in my Confirmation and asked me then to share my faith with others, a directive I gladly accepted. And I have let Him down over the last 10 weeks.
I know that without cost, without asking, I have received God’s freely given Grace. My so-called “inspiration” is actually His gift to me. His expectation is for me to pass the gift along to others without cost.
Within the boundaries of my world, the sphere of influence in which I live, my opportunities to evangelize are few. This blog has been my way of spreading the Word. I know though, for the most part, that my reflections are mere preaching to the choir, that the audience I reach is already strongly Catholic.
My hope has always been that, through His Grace, my repackaging of His gift to me may reach a few who need just that little extra something to help them turn back to Him, a cure for their sickness so to speak; and occasionally reach one or two who will have a conversion experience, a driving out of demons if you will, because of a God-moment I’ve shared.
I admit I have, at times, allowed myself to become discouraged when it comes to posting and occasionally I have not posted because of it. I get few comments or feedback on my posts to tell me whether I’m connecting with my readers. I suspect that’s an indication of the quality of my content or of my writing style. But, I do the best I know how and I remind myself that I’m not in it for my ego. Thus, as I contemplated the Gospel passages above, I realized that I’m called to offer this gift with a wish of peace regardless if many choose to accept it or pass it along further. One or two is enough. And, if it’s not accepted, I need to move to the next house, or post, and let my peace return to me.
In going back to the question of, “where do I begin?” I hope to share with you several new reflections over the next few days. I hope they will cause you to reflect a moment on your own. I hope you will share them with me and others. And, I hope they bring you His peace.
God bless you all.
(Without Cost You Have Received; Without Cost You Are To Give was first published on the blog Reflections of a Lay Catholic)
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Keep writing. ..use the Inspiration that He is giving uou.
One comment or ten thousand should not be your measure. In trying to do His will, you will succeed.
Jerry Robinson said:
Thank you, Joe.
I may not always comment, but I always enjoy reading your posts. Many are inspiring, many thought provoking, many just reminders.
Jerry Robinson said:
Jerry Robinson said:
I wondered if my readers would take my comment as an indication of disappointment that I’m not reaching many people. That certainly was not my intent. I do get many comments directly back via email from friends who know me personally. And, I know there are many who enjoy reading my musings but who just aren’t the commenting kind. Feedback is nice, I appreciate it all. It helps me determine whether the style I used in that post was effective or if perhaps a different approach would have been better. I admit, though, there have been times when I have let my sinful pride get me down after writing a post about which I was really proud only to see it fall flat on its face. Humble pie may not be delicious but it is good for you.
But, in the end it is really, as they say in Louisiana, just Lagniappe, a little something extra. What really matters is that I share my insights with others in the hope that it will help them grow closer to Christ. In the case of this post I hoped to do that by reinforcing that His Grace is always out there if we will just open our eyes and be willing to accept it; by reminding that, as Christians, we are all called to spread the Word; and that the gift we give (in this case, this post) is given freely without the expectation that it should cost the receiver anything (in this case, a response or comment).
Thanks and God Bless.
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Just want you to know your posts can have an impact long after they were written. I saw this today, 12/9/17, and thank you for the call to action!
Jerry Robinson said:
Thank you, Katie, for stopping by Reflections of a Lay Catholic and especially for the comment. I hope you have a peaceful Advent and a very Merry Christmas!
I just read this after saying the rosary and wondering what ‘without cost’ meant and happened upon your article. I understand it now. Thanks for your perfect explanation. And I move forward in spreading God’s Love.
Too much is given
Much is expected
How the Catholic was given Christ in the Eucharist
Christ in the sacraments and to the outside whole
How their souls hunger for the truth
That God has loved them from the moment of conception to the moment of their last breath
To spread the truth About God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
The truth of how this world will determine our eternity
The truth that
God knows every tear and all our sorrows
He also gives you joy and inner peace
To give without cost
To love everyone, the beggar, the sinner, the thrift,
Not their action but the creation God has made.
We will pay the cost of not spreading God’s Word,
People will perish due to believing false prophets and false Gods
God have Mercy on our souls
We pray for God to forgive us for our wrong doings
Our non accomplishments our omissions
And pray for God to instill in us perseverance, fortitude, and for us to do His Holy Will