This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel gives each of us direction for our lives.
After healing many, Jesus “went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” When Simon and the others found him and told him people were looking for him, Jesus answered, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”
Work. Prayer. Work. Perhaps a better trio would be: Serve. Pray. Serve. Jesus’ life is the perfect example for our lives. Each of us is God’s gift to the world. Each of us has been called to use ourselves in service to others. For Jesus it was to preach. His apostles and disciples assisted, each in his/her own way. So too for us. Our purpose, our calling as followers of Jesus, is to use our unique lives to spread the Gospel. It is through our lives that others will come to believe in the greatest life of all.