Friday, January 13, 2012
by Sister Mary Kabat
We have come to the close of National Vocation Awareness Week (Jan. 9 to 14), but our Scripture readings continue the spirit of the week. We see the young Samuel peacefully asleep when God calls to him. We watch him leap up and run eagerly to Eli, "Here I am." Here I am, ready and willing to do whatever you ask of me.
We have "Samuel" times in life when we feel eager to give ourselves fully to someone or something and anticipate the good that will come to our lives …college, a job, marriage, a child… In all the experiences of life God is calling us to grow, mature and speak our "Here I am" more fully, truly and deeply.
But our God knows that we also become "more" by becoming "less." In the Gospel John the Baptist reveals Jesus as the Lamb of God to his disciples and then lets them go to follow him. That day John's "Here I am" was to embrace his diminishment.
We have "John" times in life when we are called to say "Here I am" to an illness, a job loss, the death of a loved one, and other challenges human life brings us. In those moments God is calling us to embrace those experiences with trust and belief that they also are opportunities for us to become more fully the person God is ever calling us to be.
Sister Laura Zelten, our Vocation Director, closed her National Vocation Awareness letter to us with these words: "Let us pray that each of us, in our full response to God's call may, like Jesus, (like Samuel, like John) hear God say, 'You are my beloved with whom I am well pleased.'"
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