Posted by: livingscripture | October 28, 2013

Thirtieth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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: 12-16)

            

How should we live this Word? Jesus and apostles

Is this a dry list of names?  Certainly not!  This indicates that we are not merely numbers for God.  He calls us each by name, draws us out of nothing, and gives us a well defined face.  We are each unique and unrepeatable, and from always, God has dreamed us this way.  In my name there is a call that is for me alone.

Jesus chose Twelve whom He named Apostles.  Yet, the vocation of Simon is not that of Andrew.  From all eternity Simon was in God’s heart as the impulsive Simon, full of zeal and yet so fragile.  He is the Simon who will deny the Lord but then will shed his blood for his Teacher.  He is the Simon who will have the task of confirming the others and to whom will be entrusted the keys of the Kingdom.  Thus it is for every person.

We have been called from always, with the face we have, with the task to accomplish in our life that is part of us.  I do not have a vocation; I am my vocation.

The voice that drew me out of nothing, that gave me a face and in the same moment pronounced my name with infinite tenderness, called me ‘for’.  I AM WANTED BY GOD BECAUSE I AM LOVED AS I AM.  How can I not love myself, accept myself even with my limitations, not love my vocation?

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will rejoice in the love God has for me by creating me, naming me, and calling me to Himself. 

God of my joy, help me to perceive in my heart Your tenderness that called me into being.  Grant that I may discover my ‘name’ more deeply each day and give continual thanks to You!

The Voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

When you spread the love of the Lord, you are God’s Good News.

                                                                                      


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