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Evangelization is not always glamorous

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A few of us get to spread the word of God with the red carpet rolled out under our feet, cheered, as we enter a packed house. A few of us become celebrities as we preach Jesus Christ to the world. The other 99.9% struggle, in relative anonymity, to share Jesus to a world, often disinterested, quite capable of hostility.

Evangelization is not always glamorous.

"Samuel ran to Eli and said, 'Here I am. You called me.' 'I did not call you,' Eli said. 'Go back to sleep.' So he went back to sleep. Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. 'Here I am,' he said. 'You called me.' But Eli answered, 'I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.'” 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20

God calls each and every one of us, ever day, to preach His Truth, and spread His Mercy. Truth be told, the parish pastor, the local priest, the diocesan human resources director, the spiritual director, and even our own friends and family, are, quite often, blind to God's call in our life--unless, of course, it is, in a condescending way, a call to minimal, menial duty. But, respecting the dignity of their calling, they are fallible humans, all too gullible in judging people by popular stereotypes.

Be tall and dashing, or pretty and perfect, and dopey Eli will see your 'vocational' necessity.

"Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come
.” Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10

The Eucharist is truly the Real Presence of Jesus--Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Eucharist is truly the 'source and summit' of the Christian faith in Jesus. But empty reception, void of faith, void of hope, and void of charity, brings nothing but the emptiness of ritualism. The Truth is, if you were baptized, confirmed, and have confessed any, and all, mortal sins, you are forgiven, and live in sanctifying grace--the very life of God--therefore, you are called--dopey Eli be thwarted!--to a life of discipleship.

No diocesan entity can deny you this!

"Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, 'Everyone is looking for you.'
He told them, 'Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come
.'” Mark 1:29-39

Evangelization, even for our Lord and Savior, was not a glamorous task. Early mornings, persistent demons, belligerent people, and dense apostles, were the Cross our Lord carried all the way to the peak of Calvary. So, even if we are sidewalk evangelizers, rejected by our parish and diocese, not pretty enough for sleepy old Eli, we must prepare for a life without glamour.

For the peace and joy of evangelizing Jesus far surpass the glamour of worldly success. Yet, they are found solely on a wooden cross.