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Responding to God's Invitation

Every encounter with God is an opportunity to build on our relationship with Him and with others.  God is inviting you to explore the next step in that relationship. 

I love you and I am inviting you to be my heart and hands, love God

Thoughts to ponder about being God's Heart and Hands: 

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.  (Ephesians 2:10)

Each one of us is a part of Christ’s body. We all have different functions. But we are called to be His heart and hands since we are all called to serve one another and to love one another.

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:27.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” ~ 1 Peter 4:10.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,   we thank you for the countless blessings granted to our country, our Commonwealth and our Ascension family. As we strive to serve as your HEART and HANDS, inspire our parish to share your bounty with the poor and the outcast. Fill us with your special grace to act with justice, harbor the refugee, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, and comfort the afflicted.

As your Family, we pledge that “In this place, in this parish Jesus IS alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion.” We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit as one God, Forever and ever Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

Ask God to show you where and how He would have you be His heart and hands today. 

Who do you know that needs God’s love today?

What can you do to see God’s promises come to pass in the lives of others?

Thoughts for Reflection: 

Being the Heart of Jesus

What the world needs more than anything is love, and the love of God can be extended to others through us.  When Jesus saw that people were in need, His heart went out to them and as a result, He took action! Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “I wonder if they know Christ? Do they know that God loves them unconditionally?”  Are you willing to take action and share God’s loving heart with them?

Being the Hands of Jesus

When Jesus laid hands on people, He was doing so out of love and compassion.  What did His hands do?  They fed the hungry, healed the sick, visited prisoners, clothed the naked.  Matt 25:40 tells us “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” Who do you know that needs the touch of God’s hands through you?  

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.

Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ~ Teresa of Ávila

Previous Themes:

Responding to God's Invitation to Show Gratitude

Responding to God's Invitation to Share Your Gifts

Responding To God's Invitation to Mindfulness

Responding to God's Invitation to Grow in Prayerfulness 

Responding to God's Invitation to Advocate for Justice and Peace

Responding to God's Invitation to Commit More Fully To Him

Responding to God's Invitation to Hear His Hopes and Dreams

Responding to God's Invitation to Share the Good News

Responding to God's Invitation to Increase Your Knowledge of the Holy Spirit

Responding to God's Invitation to Strengthen Your Faith