Recently I went to see the movie “Paul: The Apostle.” As I sat there waiting for the movie to begin, the all too familiar line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” thundered through the surround sound as a trailer for another “Mission:Impossible” movie took over the screen for the next three minutes.
I thought this was ironic as I was about to watch a film about one of the greatest missionaries who ever lived. Making Jesus Christ known to the world was St. Paul’s only goal. He suffered beatings, imprisonments, and almost died on multiple occasions to accomplish it. St. Paul believed so much in his Savior that he was willing to undergo all these trials so that others might believe in Him too. St. Paul’s mission was truly impossible, “but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) The movie emphasized St. Paul’s total reliance on God to accomplish his mission. Oftentimes he was absolutely helpless to do anything, but because he admitted this weakness in true humility, God did magnificent things through him.
I reflect on all of this as I am about to embark on my own mission. Recently, I accepted a position as a missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Catholic University Students). I will be heading out to a college campus to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a new generation. It doesn’t seem nearly as intimidating as what Paul had to face, but undoubtedly there will be many of my own challenges to face. Being reminded that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness,” (2 Corinthians 12:9) is a great reminder that I will be most effective if I let go of my own expectations and surrender to His will, which is perfect and unfailing. This is challenging, but comforting as well. My own insecurities, physical limitations, being in a wheelchair; none of it matters because I know that it is not my own strength I have to rely on for success. I can stand firmly on Him who is the Rock.
He hasn’t let me down yet, and that’s one of the reasons I desire so much to tell others about Him. He followed me down into the deepest depths of sin, pain, and darkness to pull me up out of the pit of destruction into a new life that is Truth, Goodness, and Beauty itself. That life is Jesus Christ, and I couldn’t be more excited to devote everything I have to share Him with others. Moving a Mountain will be an outlet for posting my thoughts, learnings, and experiences along the way. I hope you will follow along as I embark on this journey. Peace.
William Joseph Scheremet