Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gospel Thoughts Today: Dust Off Your Feet

I have referenced today's Gospel many times . . . when someone doesn't want you around, doesn't want to listen, doesn't want to hear the messages of Jesus in the Bible and Volumes . . . it's time to "dust off your feet" and move on. We can't make anyone want to live their life for Christ. It's an individual choice. Personally, I can't imagine living without Him. He is central to my thoughts and decisions on a daily basis. Now, I am the first to admit I am imperfect! At times I may implement my "tough love" strategies to no avail. As much as the Volumes have impacted my life, there is nothing I want more than to share this "secret" with everyone! That's why this blog is both calming and healing for me . . . I do get to spread the Gospel message along with words of wisdom from the Volumes or any of Anne a lay apostle's books. There is so much darkness in the world today. It's time to bring those misplaced with muddled thinking to the reality of a world full of His Light! There is so much good happening (yay President Trump!), why not trust Jesus has everything in His Capable Hands? 

In today's Gospel (Mark 6:7-13), Jesus informs His Apostles to lighten up for the journey ahead:

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

In Volume Nine, Jesus asks us to bring His Light to others through our love for Him. Attempt it boldly, even if at first His Love is rejected:

"There are many ways in which a soul can serve the Kingdom. In these times, though, more than in the past, souls are called upon to evangelize for Me. This means I need souls to bring Me to others. We must seek out each lonely, hurting soul who is isolated from his divine family. If you bring Me to a soul, I can melt that soul’s heart and fill it with joy. The soul can then begin to learn about the vast family of love that seeks to draw him back. Dearest little servants of the Savior, My angels will direct you to these souls. Be alert to their promptings and whispers because they see everything and they know who needs your assistance. If you feel an impulse to approach a soul with these words, do so. Trust those instincts. Even if a soul initially ridicules you, he will eventually face a time of fear or anguish, and, searching for some kind of comfort, he will reach for the book you have given him. If the words are not there, he cannot reach for them. If the Volume has been given to him, he will open it. Be at peace at the reactions of others. You cannot force a soul to learn about Me, but you can suggest that he do so. You can give witness to My presence by talking about your love for Me and the graces you have received from Me. Talk about peace. Talk about joy. Talk about calm. Do not talk about the enemy."

Lay apostles, what will your contribution be today on behalf of Christ?  A kind word, a warm smile, forgiveness, mercy, thanksgiving, trust in Him? Whatever it is, let Him work through you to bring others to Him. Jesus needs us to be His Army on earth . . . steadfast and warriors of truth! Shine His Light today with no fear of rejection. Please Him first . . . always.

Thank you, Lord, for the graces to move on when my words/actions don't change a heart. Remind me to always lead with love, letting You do the hard work of conversion!

God bless,

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