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Tuesday, Seventh Week of Easter


How is it that I have come to this place in sharing the sentiments of St. Paul that I need only tofinish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus?

Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry
that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace. (Acts 20: 24)

How is it that I have come to this place in sharing the sentiments of St. Paul that I need only tofinish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus? As I begin to lessen my activities to match my energy level, I am reminded daily that I still have a course to run, or walk more slowly, in bearing “witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.”

In my active years of ministry, I often shared with staff members that we were not to proselytize, but to be an example daily of the Christ within us. St. Paul’s explanation of running the course of life has always appealed to me since I’ve always been active and energetic. Since it’s time to slow down and stop to smell the flowers, I am finally at a point where I can be comfortable in simply bearing witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

Reminders of God’s grace are so very much around us in the elders who share such wonderful wisdom, in the joyful spontaneity of the younger sisters, in the comings and goings of those still in ministry, in the happy noise of children at play or singing in the choir, in the songs of the birds in the trees, even in the wail of the sirens asking for our prayers for those in trouble.

And so each day is a new adventure in finishing my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

Sr. Marcella Parrish, SSMO



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