The Church is so amazing.
Tonight I went to the Vigil Mass with two of my former roommates. One has been Catholic her whole life, the other will become Catholic at Easter next year.
We heard a brief reflection on the Road to Emmaus, one of my favorite parts of the New Testament, which clearly tells the order of the Mass in which we still participate today.
Then the visiting priest shared a little about his mission with us. There are so many people in the world, and just as many paths to Jesus. No two people experience Him in the same way, and no two people will become holy in the same way. The Church, in Her Wisdom, knows this to be true.
The Holy Spirit inspires men and women, clergy and laypeople, all over the world to be the hands and feet of Christ. When I was a missionary on the battlefield of the college campus, I felt called to be there to love God's people and help them to love Him back.
There are so many battlefields, it's almost overwhelming.
The priest tonight ministers to those who are in the circus, and traveling entertainers. Who on earth, except for the Holy Spirit, could have inspired a group of Sisters to decide to minister to circus acts?!! When Father first started talking about it, I legitimately thought he was joking. But it makes sense- where else would someone receive the sacraments if they are always on the road? How could a couple complete marriage prep or take the baptism classes?
The group of sisters started in Northern Africa meeting needs of nomadic aboriginals and gypsies. How insane and awesome! They eventually spread throughout the world and focus their time and energy on those who are constantly on the go- for whatever reason.
The fact that there are so many people and different groups that need the love of God is overwhelming and amazing. The fact that the Church is already a thousand steps ahead of me is reassuring and joyful. It made me proud to be a Catholic.... your mega church might have some awesome missions to the poorest country in the world... but have you been able to recruit people to join the circus just to spread the love of Jesus? Didn't think so.
St. Thomas, pray for us.