September 7, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. (Luke 6:12-19)

CALLED: To what is God calling us?

Let’s start that conversation by discussing the men Jesus called as Apostles. Make no mistake, the twelve Jesus called were not the best and the brightest. The Rabbis leading the religious communities were surrounded by scholarly disciples. These disciples studied for years and trained under Rabbis before being sent out as learned leaders. Only the best were called. Only the best survived.

Jesus called fisherman and farmers, even a tax collector. He taught them through parables, which they often had difficulty understanding. Even after they were called, they were misfits. Their faith surged and faded. Doubt was always looming. Yet that is who Jesus called; that is who Jesus sent.

The apostles were not special because they were called. None of them were extraordinary by birth. They were special because they responded; they were extraordinary because they answered the call to serve.

You are no different. Each of you has God-given gifts. Each of you has been called. I did not say “will be called.” You can’t sit around waiting for a bolt of lightning or to have the hand of Jesus tap you on the shoulder.

You are here now. The time to act, the time to respond is now.

God calls you everyday to use the gifts you’ve been given to serve others: to volunteer at your church, to be there for a friend who is struggling, to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, and to grow your faith and take that faith out into the world.

You won’t enjoy eternal life because you were called. You will enjoy it because you responded to the call.

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