To Rebuild

In the first reading, at a time when Israel was being oppressed by the Midianites, the angel of God appears to Gideon and tells him to lead Israel against Midian. Gideon is a bit hesitant because he does not feel qualified, but the angel is able to convince him.

There are people whom God specifically calls to help rebuild His Church. Among them were St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, etc. All of them felt small and unworthy in front of their election, but God was there to guide them. The Church nowadays urgently needs saints/heroes to be shining lights for the faithful.

In the gospel, it is clear that all true disciples of Jesus are called to be detached from family, friends, wealth and the desire to live a comfortable and problem-free life. All the saints mentioned earlier gave up everything to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. And Jesus accomplished great things through them. In the end, their reward was to possess Jesus himself. They experienced great consolations, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the joy of seeing many people brought to God’s kingdom. Now they are our intercessors in heaven aside from being our inspiration and models of Christian living.