A community of action frequently encounters obstacles. Jesus’ disciples are a community of action, as well as, of fellowship and prayer. Not all difficulties in giving witness to Jesus are huge but their number can discourage the fainthearted. Some would overcome obstacles by force of will. Willpower by itself can release only human energies.
Human energies alone can be blocked and blocked absolutely by opposition. The mission that Jesus has given to us cannot be blocked absolutely because we rely on his divine power. One way or another he can overcome all obstacles if we let him lead the way.
The Spirit of Jesus urges us to keep on trying. God takes our minds and hearts and wills and fills them with his compassion and power. Though our outreach is something that we do, it begins with something we receive so that we may bring faith and life to others.
When I reach out to others, Lord, may it be you who are reaching out through me. Let me not rely on myself as though I could save the world. Make me patient and courageous in bearing your message.