The Annual Catholic Appeal asks us to be INSTRUMENTS in God’s hands!
Have we ever become so engrossed in a medical show on television that we have identified with the doctor or surgeon operating and given all the credit to him or her? It’s easy to do; to get so caught up in the main character of the story or play and fail to see all of the other accessories or instruments that the main character uses in order to save the day.
And so it could be with the Annual Catholic Appeal! We could get lost in the vastness of the Annual Catholic Appeal. We could take a look at the Archdiocese of St. Louis (the doctor in our image) and fail to see that we, hundreds of thousands of Catholics throughout the Archdiocese, are the scalpels, forceps and clamps that are the instruments that really save the day in helping the Archdiocese make its annual goal.
Each parish in the Archdiocese has its goal and its challenge goal. But it’s not all about money. Each parish also has goals for the number of new donors or contributors each year and the percentage of participation in the parish. The ACA is definitely about raising funds to carry on the important work of the various ministries throughout the Archdiocese but it is about much more. It is about helping each parish, and each individual within that parish, to see that she/he is an instrument that God uses to bring His message to a world in need of compassion and hope.
Be an instrument in God’s Hands this year! Even if your contribution has to be small because of your personal circumstances, contribute! And, if God has shown great favor on you and your family this year, and your contribution can be larger, contribute more. Whether you’re a forceps, a clamp or a scalpel, BE AN INSTRUMENT in the hands of God as we strive to bring the Message of Jesus Christ to a world in need of healing.
The Annual Catholic Appeal -in the end- seeks only this, to help more people recognize and meet Jesus, and experience the courage and joy of the first disciples.
Lord, make me an instrument!