Daily Reflection
February 7th, 2002
Eileen Wirth
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1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12
1 Chronicles 29:10, 11, 11-12, 12
Mark 6:7-13

When I was in junior high, one of my heroes was  Dr. Tom Dooley, a physician who abandoned the comforts of the U.S. to practice medicine in a remote village in Laos.  Although his work was humanitarian and nonsectarian, Dooley was openly motivated by his Catholic faith.  He continued working until his death from cancer at age 34.

I thought about Tom Dooley when I read todayís Gospel because he did what Jesus commanded his disciples to do: trust in God,  throw caution to the wind , leave their comfort zone, and serve other people.  To be honest, todayís Gospel makes me uncomfortable because I realize Iíll never do what Jesus ordered.
I like my comfort zone Ė my nice family and home in a nice neighborhood, my good, socially respectable job etc.  Iím even kind of proud that my comfort zone is wider than most peopleís because we have housed international students for more than 25 years. 

But Iíve never taken a REAL risk of the type that Jesus urges today and probably never will.  So whatís second or third best? 

Perhaps we can take baby steps like my daughter and I did this summer when we took day-old baked goods from her restaurant job to a local shelter.  It wasnít much but better than nothing.  For a short time each week, we became less Comfortable Christians.
I suspect similar small opportunities present themselves to all of us.  They are invitations to strengthen our trust in God by expanding our horizons, even slightly, to serve His people who make us uncomfortable.  We donít have to go thousands of miles from home or liquidate our mutual funds to move at least a step closer to what Jesus desires of us. 

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