Fourteenth Sunday - Sun July 7th 2013 - 1230pm Mass by FatherPat published on 2013-07-22T00:15:44Z Returning from Rome, Father Pat gave this homily on the calling of God on our lives today. Do we live every moment as people that God woke up and sent? Do we remember our mission? Or do we reduce our faith to “my kingdom, my will, my plans, my issues, my wisdom”? Jesus Christ had a mission: He was mission-driven and the mission defined Him. Everything He did was defined by the mission: proclaim to each heart that the Kingdom of God is near. Being a Christian fundamentally means accepting the call of God’s love and being on a mission too. Before saying GO, Jesus says COME. Father Pat reminds us that God says: “I love you. But, I want you to love me too.” As Christians, we are sent by God. We are not on a casual stroll or walk or run on earth. One that is sent walks with a sense of purpose, obligation, and responsibility in relation The One who sends us. In fact, being sent and accomplishing the mission are acts of faith and faithfulness. Our hearts are moved by the Holy Spirit to go where God sends us to places and people He intends to visit. Not for personal fulfillment but for God’s glory. That is our Christian call. For us Christians, Jesus is the way, the truth, the life. He is the Lord we love, the Word that frees us to surrender to God’s love. Father Pat also teaches that His Word is in fact all we need for the mission. The Word speaks to us. The Word strengthens us. The Word transforms us. The Word guides us. It is not a word that we read with a black marker so as to delete what does not conform to our will. But the Word that we read with a highlighter so as to emphasize the Word that speak to every situation we are facing. As Christians, we believe that GOD IS FOR US, MORE THAN OURSELVES. God who is calling us to be with Him in heaven. Let us get on the path by saying Yes to God and NO to self-will.