|1 Kings 2:1-4,
1 Chronicles 29:10, 11, 11-12, 12
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.
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.
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