Universal catholic Vocation
“Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men”.
(St. Matthew 4.19)
Hebrew word to follow has a meaning of, “to go
behind”, to “go after” without any significant shade of meaning. The
phrase and verb are hardly ever found except in the Gospels. The Old
Testament scarcely uses them at all in reference to God, but uses them
frequently when referring to idolatry. Judaism uses them also to describe
the attitude of a disciple.
Jesus called men to His following, to be His followers.
As in the Old Testament this signifies not “to imitate”, not to learn
right behavior” but far more — to “to attach oneself to, to obey, to
To follow Jesus,
to answer His call is to bind oneself to the demands of His Gospel,
and most especially to His Cross and glory. In fact after Easter, in
the biblical sense it is no longer a matter of following Jesus but of
being in Christ, for only in Him do we truly live and
have our being.
The supreme Sacrifice of Christ's life on Calvary demonstrates the cost
of the Redemption, it shows forth the price and beauty that Jesus paid
for our redemption.
But already while He yet walked this earth, Christ “redeemed" so many
existing concepts, ideas, bringing them back to their true perspective,
value and dignity. The seeds of redemption can be found all through
Christ called, He yet calls, not to idolatry,
but to liberty, to freedom through the obedience of love. The response
of the disciples is set before us as an example that when Christ calls,
ours is to follow, to listen and obey, to embrace the gift and say with
love and zeal, “Yes!” It has a great deal
to do with trust and a willingness to let go.
The Vocations are Many
and the Harvest is Great
We often hear
the complaints of many regarding a lack of vocations; we observe the
hesitant responses, the refusals, but let us ask ourselves the question,
“When God calls me in little ways within my daily life, do I actually
respond and put into practice what know the Lord is asking”.
For good or evil, we all in fact influence the choices, the formulation
of the responses of others. Let us make certain that we ourselves are
actually responding to the call. Jesus is calling each and every one
of us, each and every day to that which will lead us into the deepest
union with Him. He may be calling us to the vocation of suffering (and,
yes! suffering is a vocation to which all are called, and from which
none are exempt); even dying and death — He is calling!
We tend to narrow vocation down to the entry of men and women
into the Priesthood and Religious life, but God calls in countless ways;
many to the married state, the single state, and within them
all, to a deeper vocation of union with Himself.
Suffering and Dying are vocations, too: a call within a call; it is
part of the whole journey He sets before us, and Christ bids us follow.
Ours is to listen, to bind ourselves heart and soul to Him, and through
the surrender of our “Yes!” We too will become "fishers of men”, instrumental
in the salvation of souls!
today you would listen to
His voice, and harden
not your hearts!”
Understand by Whom
you are called, and to what
— and for the sake of so many — in Him, through Him, and for Him!
The field is white to harvest!”
St. John 4.35
A Poor Clare Colettine
Totally Faithful to the Sacred
Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum
Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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