You and I have each said, “I cannot proclaim the gospel because I will push these others away,” or “because it will put me in danger.” When we say this, we excuse ourselves. We excuse ourselves from that unprecedented word which makes us either hot or cold, and which knows no category for the lukewarm. We excuse ourselves from that blessed passion which rests in the promise of receiving back what was offered up. We excuse ourselves from that earnest longing which, against all sensible expectations, gazes at the impossible without sighing. We excuse ourselves from that committed, ever-sacrificing choice which has never once been afraid of causing offense, never once been afraid of being injured.