Today the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time has a common theme, namely vocation, the call. Vocation which speaks of a personal call and a mission. God calls each one differently according to their circumstances, age, education and character.
The call may be during prayer, while walking, listening to a talk, a conversation with someone etc. God calls - are we open and ready to respond to his call?
Isaiah has a profound experience with God. A vision of the Almighty God and fills the world with his Glory. Isaiah feels his unworthiness before his King. Yet, the Lord says “Whom shall I send? Isaiah answers, “ Here I am send me.” In all humility, he gives himself to God, answers the call and is ready to go to the mission.. He, like us, sometimes feel when we are called to a new mission or take on a new responsibility, I really don’t know if I can do this or take this on. Here I am Lord, but I need your help, your spirit to fulfill what you want me to do. The Lord gives the graces we need but He needs our yes.
1Cor. 15, 1-11
Paul has a similar call, He says I am the least of the apostles- I even persecuted the Church. I guess I can’t go lower then that, but the Lord calls and Paul’s heart is ready to go forth into deep water.
Paul took on the mission 100%- nothing, not his weakness, nor death got in his way.
Do I give 100% in responding to God or doing his work?
Luke 5, 1-11
Jesus calls his first disciples in their working hours. They are exhausted,frustrated and without a catch.
Yet Jesus says , “Put out in deep water”. The disciples don’t say it it aloud but one can imagine them saying ya what do you know but they did it and you know the rest of the story. Many times the Lord asks us to go further, or do it another way etc. and don’t be afraid.
So He calls Isaiah, Paul, Peter, James and John and us to put out into the deep. Take up your vocation and be my disciple. I am with you , don’t be afraid of your weakness or your lack of resources. I am your Lord.
What can I do daily to be ready to respond to God’s call?
We should all have a small boat in our room to remind us of our vocation.
- Sr. RoseAnn Cappola
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