“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. Matthew 13
We have all been in the situation of having to forge ahead on a project without knowing full well what the end result is going to be. We get expressions like if you throw enough mud against the wall some will stick (or spaghetti if you prefer). More often than not, this is what following the Holy Spirit is like. We march forward doing what we believe we are called to do; sometimes it turns out great, and sometimes not so much.
I have to imagine that is what it must have been like for St. James the Great, the son of Zebedee and apostle to Jesus, as he along with other apostles were guiding the Church after the resurrection. These were tumultuous times for the nescient community of believers. They had to contend with who they were within the Judaic and Roman societies, both of which were fraught with danger. They had to rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Trusting in God to lead us is never easy. It requires prayer, silence, listening, more silence and praying again. It is a cycle that never ends. Christ calls us forth into the mission fields, in which preaching consists of healing the sick, setting the prisoner free, caring for the poor, widow, and orphaned, raising the dead, while sharing the Good News of God. And we do all of this while proclaiming the deeds we do as God’s work. We are not called to discern who is worthy to hear the message, but to offer God’s saving grace to all we encounter. Our words conform to God’s Word when they conform to this command of Christ to do and be for others.