A View from the Rectory Window
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Sister Connie, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas.
As luck would have it, a gas station was just a block away. She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas.
The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Connie was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.
She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, Sister Connie carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.
As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street. One of them turned to the other and said, 'If it starts . . . I'm turning Catholic.'
In the Gospel from Saint Mark this Sunday we hear, “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick— no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” Clearly, the Lord intends to show that those entrusted with witnessing to the Kingdom of God, are to rely on Him.
At times, we may feel that it is for others who are more educated, or more equipped, or are more ‘faithful’ to do God’s work. Today the Lord encourages us to consider what we have – not what we don’t have - to draw others to Him.