While, in high school in Washington DC, I belonged to AIM: Apostles In the Marketplace. It was a support/prayer group that took the daily reading of the Mass as a way to live life. The group was evangelistic, but we were encouraged to not be pushy about it.
AIM’s purpose was for us always to invite by our actions, like the first reading of yesterday, where the crippled man was healed: “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple..” The Disciples were healing in the name of Christ, but they were not doing it like circus barkers. They wanted people to come to Christ by how they were seen in the community, how they were acting, by their gentle manner, not pushy attitude.
The Priest who created AIM was a Jesuit who so unassuming and gentle. His mantra was that we show them how we are by our actions, not our words.
If people asked us questions we would answer, but we never went to someone with the hackneyed have you found Christ.
In our support/prayer meetings, we would discuss how our days were going. How well we were living out the Gospel of the past Sunday. We asked each other for supportive ways to change. We sought out ways to do, be better. We prayed for each other.
Hearing, “But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep”, made me think of AIM. We are the gatekeeper. Jesus can’t be everywhere so that is why he made mothers.
Maybe I should start thinking of AIM as meaning Apostles In Mothering. I have been feeling called to restart being a podcaster, that would make a great name.