Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What is your responsibility?

    Jesus said, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” – [Luke 12:48]  So, it seems that our responsibility depends upon that which is entrusted to us.  Or as Uncle Ben said in Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
    We all have been given power.  Some are spouses; some are parents.  We all are human being created in the image and likeness of God.  This is a great and enormous power.  But, do we live up to our responsibility?  Knowing the truth is very powerful.  Responding to the truth and changing our lives is our great responsibility.
    Some do not know the truth.  Some do not know their Creator.  If we know the Creator and know someone who does not know his/her Creator, we have a power that they do not have.  This power comes with a responsibility.  Of course, how to live out this responsibility is a great and sometimes daunting question.  Perhaps, we should start by living out this quote by St. Francis:  “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”
    The example of our lives is, in itself, a preaching of the Gospel.  Are we preaching the Gospel of Jesus or our own gospel?  Many people have heard pieces of the Gospel, but ignore it because they have heard it in a way that repelled them.  It could have come from a rule-minded person; someone who was a hypocrite themselves; or just someone who simply did not care for the Gospel.  Talking to them may get you nowhere, but living it will be the ultimate witness.
    We have many other responsibilities, like voting today.  But the greatest responsibility any of us has is our responsibility to our Creator, the one for whom we owe our very existence.

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