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Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Scripture Readings: 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12; Ps 123:1b-2ab, 2c; Mark 12:18-27

My dear encountered couples:

God hires no one who cannot do the job. Ever think of that? God not only hires those who are able to do the job he wants them to do, he hires those who can do the job BEST.

If you own a business, who would you hire? You would try to hire the best people you could find to do the job - right? You wouldn’t want second best, certainly not a third or fourth rate person. You would want someone who is skilled, reliable, and committed. Otherwise you would be risking the future of your business. Like you, God wants to hire no one but the best.

When God was looking for the first builders of his Church, he chose those he knew could do the job best. They were people who were willing to commit themselves and their lives entirely to his plans. He wanted those who would not give in to discouragement or frustration, he chose those who would keep plugging along, no matter what. They would suffer and die to solidify the foundation of his Church. God chose people who were willing to become saints. He chose Peter, he chose Paul, he chose many others. Timothy is reminded in a letter Paul wrote to him that God chose him.

“God has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of any merit of ours but according to his own design...With strength which comes from God bear your share of the hardship which the gospel entails.”

And Timothy, the author of today’s first reading, did. This man devoted himself to carrying out the job he was hired for, all the way to martyrdom. You have been called to the Christian life. You are to live and work for Jesus Christ.

Never doubt your capabilities. God hires only the cream of the crop to work in his Church. He hired Peter, he hired Paul — and now he has hired you.

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