Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Listening to the Call: January 18, 2015

Listening to the Call
Sr. Jane O'Shaughnessy
Our readings today speak to our desire for deeper listening to the inner callings of our heart. I say “our desire” because I believe each one of us has this desire that originates in God’s desire for us. This is, in other terms, our vocation – a personal call from God to live out our lives in a meaningful way.
Samuel was living a consecrated life in the temple, under the care and guidance of Eli. After the third time Samuel woke Eli, thinking that Eli had called him, Eli realized that it was God who was calling. And as a wise spiritual guide, he instructed Samuel to go back and listen. He guided his young charge to be prepared for God’s next call, to be able to go into deeper conversation directly with God.
The story of Samuel’s call and response is a wonderful precursor to our Gospel reading. John the Baptist is pointing his own followers to recognize the Messiah who was passing by. When they began to follow Jesus, Jesus asked, “What are you looking for?” Isn’t this the most important question we might consider in our lives? Andrew and his companion asked where he was staying, and Jesus issued the invitation, “Come and see.” This first encounter with Jesus in John’s Gospel depicts a scene that invites all readers to come and spend time with him, the Messiah, the Christ. We are invited to “come and see”, get to know Jesus in a personal way and form a strong connection with the inner voice of the Christ who speaks to our hearts.
Pope Francis has set 2015 to be the Year of Consecrated Life and during this year he has challenged religious to “Wake up the world!” He said, “But religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way. … Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up.”
We are not all called to religious life, but we are all called to “Wake up!” God speaks to each of us in the most intimate way, we need to listen closely. We each have a unique vocation and I believe we will feel more meaningful fulfillment when we find our true desire being lived out in accord with God’s true desire for us.

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