Thomas Merton once wrote these words: “As a magnifying glass concentrates the rays of the sun into the little knot of heat that can set fire to a dry leaf or a piece of paper, so the mystery of Christ in the Gospel concentrates the rays of God’s light to a point and sets fire to the spirit of man” (from his book, New Seeds of Contemplation).
Is your spirit set on fire for Christ? We are his followers, and in the gospel today Jesus sent his followers out two by two to proclaim the good news of salvation. They were on fire for Jesus and His message of love. They went and “drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” We are those who are now called to magnify the love of God in the world. We are called to combat evil, comfort the sick and proclaim the good news.
One way I proclaim the good news and magnify the Lord while staying healthy and balanced is through triathlons. I have been blessed to be athletic and to have competed in over 100 triathlons, including 14 full Ironman events (that’s 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). As I continue my priestly journey here at St. Rita’s Church, I hope and pray my life does magnify the Lord.
Remember these words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians from our second reading: “God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him.” We are blessed with the necessary gifts and have been chosen by God – so let us MAGNIFY THE LORD.