Remember Where You Started…
As you go deeper into faith, and as your mission grows, do not forget where you began:
He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” -Mark 6:10-11, NAB
Honestly, the footnotes at the bottom of the Vatican’s text helped me to interpret this verse. Follow this link for Mark 6.
As Jesus is sending out the Apostles, He adds to their commands that they must stay in one home and not leave. In our view, we may see this as infringing on the host, but His point was different. In Jesus’ day, it would have been rude to leave, as if the host was not providing a comfortable place to live, and it would be a dishonor to them.
Eventually, the Apostles would begin to grow in popularity in a certain town or area. With that would come offers to stay at nicer homes, but Jesus did not want them to dishonor their hosts – the people who originally took them in. Instead, Jesus wanted them to stay with the people who were generous enough to give them a place to stay from the beginning. In essence, Jesus wanted them to remember where they started – where they came from.
Now that your faith is growing, will you continue to remember where you came from? You may move on to become a great Catholic Apologist, but do not forget the walls of the parish where your faith began. You may become a theological scholar, but do not forget your first time sitting through RCIA. Wherever your faith may lead you, do not forget where you started.
I have no idea where Waking Up Catholic will take me. Sometimes, I feel as if God has big plans for it; other times, I’m not sure. Regardless of where this ministry may go, it all began with this little website, and I never want to forget that. Waking Up Catholic began at WakingUpCatholic.com, and it’s roots will always remain right here.
Together, you and I, let’s keep pushing the boundaries of our faith. Let’s keep reaching out to more and more people – in our parish, at our workplace, wherever. And, as we grow together, we must always remind each other of where we began.