How is God Calling You?
Read Mark 8:31-38
"Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again." - Mark 8:31
Reflection: This passage in Mark shows one of the first times Jesus predicts his death and resurrection to the disciples. It’s all a bit grim. The disciples have dropped everything to follow Jesus, with the idea that he will connect them to God and be a great world leader. This what Messiahs do in the stories of their time. Instead, this Messiah shares that he will suffer and die, and that they should be willing to do so as well.
Peter clearly has a hard time grasping this idea, and rebukes Jesus. And Jesus says: “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Jesus scolds Peter quickly and harshly because he is confident in his purpose. He knows his mission and regardless of any problems that may come his way, he faces forward and moves one step at a time.
I feel a clear sense of God’s purpose for me when participating in the Fast from Fast Food, and indeed, any action that supports workers and their families. It can be hard to do. I’ve worked late at night, stood in the cold rain, and missed time with my kids on things that I’ve felt called by God to do.
It would be easier to lower our standards and settle for things the way they are. How can we change the minds of multi-billion dollar companies? It’s too time-consuming and we don’t know how to make a difference. It’s easier to stay out of it and live with decisions that others make for us. We settle. We settle for a livable substitute rather than God’s kingdom.
But what kind of person is Jesus calling us to be? Like him, we need to know our purpose in order to keep moving forward. What is God calling us to do? What is the right path to accomplish that work? What support do we need if the road is long, cold and hard?
What is your purpose? How is God calling you to support workers?
By Aina Gutierrez, Deputy Director of Operations of Interfaith Worker Justice and author of Walking the Walk: A values-centered approach to building a strong nonprofit.
Prayer: God, I seek to live out your call everyday. I look to you for guidance not only for human things, but also divine values of love, peace and justice. Help me to see how I can support workers and ensure that all of your people live with respect and dignity. Amen.
"Nothing will work unless you do."
- Maya Angelou