This weekend we will hear John the Baptist testify to Jesus being the Son of God in the Gospel of John.  In Luke’s Gospel, we read of John the Baptist being asked by those who came to be baptized “What should we do”?

You and I, as disciples, must also consider this crucial question. In fact, this is the most essential question of discipleship and the answer will be different for each of us.

What would John the Baptist say to you if you asked him “What should I do”?

Some time ago I sat in on a meeting with a parishioner and our parish priest.  The parishioner asked: “Father, what do you need me to do?”  Father’s reply: “It’s not what I need you to do, but what do you love doing?”

It’s not uncommon, particularly for those of us raised with guilt, to get stuck in the pit of comparison.  We compare ourselves to those who tirelessly minister or serve the poor and deem ourselves deficient or lacking.

The truth is that nestled within each of us is the potential given to us by God to change the world.  When it comes to discipleship we find our most soul-filling joy in doing the things God created us – individually – to do.  When we are using the gifts God gave us “we will run and not grow weary, we walk and not faint”. (Isaiah 40:31)  And so, I ask the same question as my mentor priest, what do you love doing?  Let’s start there!

This year I ask you to join our community in committing to a New Year’s resolution for discipleship.  We’ll spend the year getting to know God better through scripture, praise and worship.  We’ll help you discern and explore your unique charisms and give you opportunities to live them out.  All this while being mindful to the needs around us.  Are you familiar with the mission statement of Our Lady of Lourdes?  You’ve seen it many times on our bulletins and eblasts, but read it again and let it soak in:  Encounter Christ by living our faith, serving our community and supporting each other.   Each month throughout the year we will bring you opportunities for discipleship.  Watch for details.

As faith-filled Catholics we recently prayed for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict XVI and I leave you with his most fitting words: “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort.  You were made for greatness!”

With Love,