WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SHIPS
Several years ago I drove by a church on Winchester Boulevard whose sign gave the title of the upcoming Sunday sermon. It read, “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” That well-known saying impressed me so much that it has remained with me, brought to mind whenever I find myself challenged and called to leave the safety of my comfort zone.
As Catholics we are called to live the Gospel, to be followers of Jesus in a radical way of life that requires us to be of service so that we may build up the Kingdom of God on earth. Recall his words from last Sunday’s Gospel reading: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
We Catholics have become very comfortable sitting in the pew one hour a week and calling that our Christian duty. However, doing that and only that is like a ship that never ventures out into open sea, an athlete who trains all week but never competes, or a priest who never celebrates Mass or hears confessions. Catholics are called to put our faith into action for the benefit not just of ourselves, but also for others.
In the next few months you are going to be challenged to become more involved in the life of our parish. It is not enough to come to Mass and go home. We need you to give of your time, your talent, and your treasure. Everyone will be asked to do more than they are now. If we are going to call ourselves disciples of the Lord, then we must be willing to roll up our sleeves and build our parish community the way so many have done over the years. For those of you who have been actively engaged in our parish, volunteering your time and assisting wherever needed, thank you. For those who have not, now is your time to step up and come forward.