Think you can fit in?

When I was discerning becoming a deacon, I talked to a retired priest about it several times. One of our last conversations went something like this.

"I don't think I can do this. I'm not holy enough."

    "You're not. The fact that you're aware of this means you just might make a good deacon."

"Wait, what?"

    "Read the end of Mark. Look who Jesus called. Think you can fit in?"

Today's Gospel is the end of Mark. Jesus' earthly ministry is done. And the torch is passed...

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To a random collection of fishermen, plus a tax collector, a revolutionary, and who knows what else. All led by Peter, the king of getting it wrong.

It's not like Jesus didn't know anybody important.

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus come to mind. Followers of Jesus who were members of the Sanhedrin. Well-versed in their faith. Well-respected. The kind of people that anybody would pay attention to.

Exactly not who Jesus called.

Which makes the point pretty well. Each of us is called by Jesus. Not because we're holy enough. Or because of who we are.

We're called because of who He is. And because of who He is, I think we'll fit in.

Today's Readings