St. Francis of Assisi - Sunday Homily - Dayton, TX
 St. Francis of Assisi - A Parish of ICCONA

Homily for Sunday
                                                      February 7, 2016

Who will Go?

 So, why did Jesus perform the miracle of the great fish catch? No doubt the great crowd of people who had pressed upon Jesus had something to do with this miracle. They, just as many of us are, were very hungry for God, and they were eager to hear His word. Jesus wanted to use this occasion to teach his disciples an important lesson. Although Simon was very tired from a long night of fishing that resulted in no fish being caught, he did what Jesus told him to do: “At your word I will let down the nets.”

 On faith, and responding to the Lord, Robert and Mary Moffat, let their home for a life as missionaries. For ten long years this couple devoutly, and lovingly labored faithfully in Bechuanaland (now known as Botswana). They, for all the hard work, and the long years had found not even one small ray of hope or encouragement to brighten their way. They could not report even one convert!

 Finally, the directors of their mission board began to question the wisdom of continuing the work. The thought of leaving their post, however, brought great grief to this devoted couple, for they felt sure, they knew in their hearts that God was in their labors, and that they would see people turn to Christ in due season. They stayed, and for two more years, the darkness reigned.

 One day a friend from England sent word to the Moffats that she wanted to mail them a gift and asked what they would like. Trusting that in time the Lord would bless their work, Mrs. Moffat replied, “Please send us a communion set; I am sure that it will soon be needed.” God honored that dear woman’s faith! He sent the Holy Spirit and it moved the hearts of the villagers. Soon a small group of six converts was united to form the very first Christian church in that land.

 The communion set was delayed in the mail (It seems that our current postal system may have had issues long before we even knew), but on the very day before the first commemoration of the Lord’s Supper in Bechuanaland, the set arrived!

 Both of these incidents teach us an important lesson, an important truth about how the Lord, our God works. He works in and through each of us for His glory. God expects of us greater things than we can do by ourselves. When we cooperate in His works, we accomplish far beyond what we could ever do on our own.

 Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-four, wrote to a friend: “Jesus has so incomprehensible a love for us that He wills that we have a share with Him in the salvation of souls. He wills to do nothing without us. The Creator of the universe awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save other souls redeemed like it at the price of all his Blood.”

 When God’s word is spoken his kingdom is revealed and his power is released. When people respond to God’s word with faith and obedience they are changed and made “a new creation” in Jesus Christ.

 God chooses ordinary people, folk like you and me, as his ambassadors and He uses the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives and work situations to draw others into His kingdom.

 Our Lord Jesus Christ speaks this very same message to us today: we will “catch people” for the kingdom of God if we will allow the light of Jesus Christ to shine through us. God wants others to see the light of Christ in us in the way we live, speak, and witness the joy of the Gospel.

St. Paul says, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ Jesus always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:15)

 Let me ask, do you witness to those around you the joy of the Gospel and do you pray for your neighbors, co-workers, and relatives that they may come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and grow in the knowledge of His love and truth?

 Remember the words of the prophet Isaiah in our first reading today (Isaiah 6:1-2A, 3-8):

 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above.

 They cried one to the other,

             “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!
                All the earth is filled with his glory!”

At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke.

 Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me,
holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it, and said, “See, now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”

 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”

                 “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”

 Let me close by asking you………… will you respond………….how have you responded, when the Lord said, or says;

 “Whom shall I send?”


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