By Amy Schisler
“Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow
and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God’” ~ Luke 9:62
Proclaim the Kingdom of God
Today, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Francis. From the beginning of his ministry, Francis took Jesus’s words in today’s reading to heart. Jesus said, “The Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Often, St. Francis had nowhere to lay his head. Jesus said, “Go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” St. Francis went throughout Italy and Egypt and made attempts to proclaim the Gospel in Spain and the Holy Land. Few people today would abandon their comforts of home to follow Christ’s command, but Francis did so without hesitation.
Fit for the Kingdom of God
Francis spent his entire life working toward being fit for the Kingdom of God, but more importantly, he strived to help others do the same. He took God’s Word to people inside and outside Italy’s borders. Francis founded his own order and the order of the Poor Clares. He fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and visited those imprisoned by sin or ignorance of God’s teachings. He loved all God’s creatures—men, women, and all living beings on earth.
Jesus did many good works through St. Francis and wants to do good works through us. He wants us to spread His Word, to care for those in need, and to go forward in our mission. We cannot remain mired in our past and our sins. Jesus is our present and our future. Francis reminds us, “I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” Let God work through you from this day forward.
God our Father, help me walk forward on the path You have laid out for me. Help me realize that my future lies with You and Your mission for me and not in my past mistakes. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Call to Action
What is God’s mission for you? Is it time for you to move toward your future with Christ? Attend a retreat; go to Confession; spend time in Adoration. Seek God, and ask Him to show you your path.
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