Great Faith, Great Responsibility
Have you seen the movie Spider-Man? I'm sure everyone at least knows him as a Marvel character, a teenage boy who becomes a superhero. The main line Spider-Man lives by is "with great power comes great responsibility". If you have a power, then you must use it, and help people. You cannot just stand back and let the world fall apart when you have the power and the ability to help them. How then is it different for us as people of faith, people with a different kind of responsibility, one of discipleship? We too have the same power and responsibility to go out and make a difference, to be encouraging and loving and proclaiming the Good News in any way we can.
Today's Gospel states:'Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you." But he said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it"'(Luke 8:19-21).
In today's Gospel, Jesus states that his mother and brother are those who hear God's word and do it. They are not the people standing outside preparing to drag him away from the crowd, but those sitting, listening to him and living by the Gospel. We can each be called brothers and sisters of Christ. However, in order for this to be true, we must accept Jesus as our saviour, and be disciples, the two key responsibilities of having a life in faith. Take some time to ask God to help you live out your responsibility as a disciple of Christ.
Today's prayer comes from 'Turn back to God' a prayer for responsibility:
Give me, O God, A sense of responsibility.
A sense of responsibility to myself, So that I may never waste the gifts Which you have given to me;
A sense of responsibility to my parents, So that I may do something to try to Repay them for all the love and the care They have given to me;
A sense of responsibility to my teachers, So that all their patient teaching of me May not go for nothing;
A sense of responsibility to my friends, So that I may never disappoint them;
A sense of responsibility to those Who have gone before me, So that I may never forget what My freedom and liberty cost, and that I may hand on still finer the heritage And the tradition into which I have entered;
A sense of responsibility to the world, So that I may put into life More than I take out;
A sense of responsibility to You, So that I may always remember that You loved me and gave yourself for me.
Help me remember what I have received, And to use what I have and so to make What I ought to out of this life of mine, Which cost so much.
This I ask for your love’s sake, Amen.