Vocation: Your gladness is what the world needs

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Zelten_Laura_Sister2012-100pxby Sister Laura Zelten

Our chapel doors lead to our holy water font where we renew our baptism each day.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (Oct. 11, 1962 to Dec. 8, 1965) we are reminded that, by baptism, each of us is called -- each receives a "vocation."  Vocation means a call.  Vatican II reminds us that all are called to holiness.  We are invited to respond by loving and serving God and others in ways unique as each person.   Your vocation is "the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need."  (Frederick Buechner).  We all have choices in living out our Christian Vocation.

How do we discover God's call in life?

Remember the scene in the Gospel where the rich young man asks Jesus, "Master what is the greatest commandment of all?" Now here is a young man who was really asking the right questions.  He was asking:  What is the most important thing for you to do with your life?

  • What is the one thing that will give your life meaning and purpose?
  • What is the one thing worth sacrificing everything else for?

Jesus' answer is very simple:  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."  The most important task in life is to learn to love.  That is what a Christian Vocation is all about.