Called Up – Good News for January 23

23 01 2010

Mark 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.

He appointed the Twelve: Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

The Daily Path: Jesus has been back up on the mountain again, summoning individuals he wants on his team. This time it was Grant Desme who got the call. Grant is one of the Oakland A’s top baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues who just announced he’s leaving baseball to join the Catholic priesthood. This announcement comes after Desme was named the 2009 Most Valuable Player in the Arizona Fall League, a showcase for the games most promising talent.

Isn’t it amazing how God works? As I know from my own life, He seems to call us when we least expect it, and during those moments we are able to hear the phone ring.

Here’s some of what Grant had to say about the call:

“My injuries, I would say, would be the biggest blessing God’s ever given me. For my entire life, baseball’s been my life. I define myself as a baseball player, and when it was taken away from me, it was an eye-opener. I really started doing some soul searching of who I was and who I wanted to be, and this is where that’s led me.”

“Whenever I was able to talk to someone about God, or help someone, that made coming to the ballpark more enjoyable. I looked forward to that.”

“During my last game in the fall league, I hit a home run and proceeded to strike out twice, which was kind of ironic since that defined my career a bit. I knew there was a good chance it would be my last game, but there was no sad feeling. I figured whatever God wants is going to happen, and I’m going to pursue that.”

“I want to give my life completely to God out of love because of everything He’s done for me. Something like this is even very little compared to what He’s done for me.”

Truly, God has called Grant to the Big Leagues! I for one am rooting for him to hit the biggest home runs of his life while shepherding Christ’s flock. Somehow I know he will.

Room to Chat: Father, thank you for calling Grant to join your team. Let his actions become a signal for other young men and women to drop their nets and follow you.





Travel Log – Good News for January 23

23 01 2009

Mark 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach  and to have authority to drive out demons. 

He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter; 
James, son of Zebedee, 
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; 
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

The Daily Path: The Apostles had a difficult road ahead of them when they answered Jesus’ call to follow. Persecution. Horrible deaths for some. The Gospel provides glimpses of the anxiety they experienced, even during the time they spent with Jesus, as the Twelve sometimes struggled to grasp what Christ was teaching them.

I can only assume they found comfort in fellowship with the other Apostles. My own journey has shown that comfort and joy can be found when sharing the experience with others. Relationships, parenting, career, education, personal interests and our faith all bring challenging moments. Especially faith. They also bring opportunities to find other travelers.  

I’ve been fortunate. God continues to bring people into my life, seemingly with each step I take, who bring encouragement, wisdom, fellowship, joy and love. 

Who has God brought into your travels? Take a good look. You might be surprised to find fellowship in the most unexpected places.

Room to Chat: I think looking for God’s presence all around us is a form of prayer. Seems to me that it helps keep God in mind throughout the day. Can you hear church bells above the noise as you walk down the street? Do you recognize a church steeple, cathedral, mosque, synagogue or other place of worship as you drive along the urban highway? Even watching a Japanese sci-fi film, like Mothra, can bring an opportunity for this form of prayer. Yes, I said Mothra!