Brothers and sisters,
The last couple weeks we have had various examples of callings from the Lord, as well as varied responses. Today we are reminded that it is ultimately God’s work. Moses warns in Deuteronomy today: “Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it. But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die” (Dt. 18:19-20). We are reminded not to take God’s callings too lightly!
St. Paul eases anxieties perhaps in our 2
reading: “I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord … I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction” (I Cor. 7). We should simply seek to follow the Lord’s calling in our life and be attentive to it. It is there that we will find, as Deacon Steve pointed out a couple weeks ago, happiness and holiness, which go together. “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts” is the psalmist’s (95) refrain. The “new teaching with authority” that amazes the people of Capernaum (which means, “rest”) is the Gospel of Truth, Life, and Love that Jesus brings and spreads through members of His Body with a multitude of callings and graces. A famous sports coach is said to have repeated over and over: “Do your job first.” In other words, if a player does not take care of his own calling on a sports team, the whole team will suffer. We are responsible for our particular vocation in the Body of Christ and our response effects other members. May the Lord give us the grace to humbly and patiently grow in our vocation (and be patient with others).
In Christ, son of Mary,