A man and his wife were marooned on a deserted island for years. One day a ship spotted their smoke signal and sent a lifeboat. But instead of rescuing them, the lifeboat crew handed them several newspapers saying, “The captain wants you to see what’s going on in the world before you decide that you want to return to it.” There may be times when we feel like fleeing to a deserted island. But we know we can’t. God put us into the world to make it a better place, to build up his kingdom that was initiated by Christ. Each of us has a role to play in God’s plan of salvation. But in the last analysis, it is up to each of us to decide whether we will accept that role or not. We can say yes to God’s plan to get involved. Or we can say no and do our own thing. And we should always remember that each of us occupies a totally unique place in all of human history. No one will ever again be exactly where we are, in our time, in our family, in our circle of friends, with our spouse,
with these children. So if we do not let God’s love, and mercy and generosity come into the world
through us, then they will be absent in the unique place we occupy. No one else can do what God wants us to do. May we learn to understand our mission clearly and embrace it fully.