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The last word
Sunday MAY 21st. 2017
I wonder how many of us have become what we said we wanted to be when we were children?
I know that the last thing I thought I would become is a nun. I did often tell God what I was going to do for Him, but it doesn’t work like that. God calls us, we respond but He chooses what He will do with that response. I believe that whatever we do, as long as we seek to serve Him, we will eventually arrive in the place He wants us. But it may involve failure and rejection along the way.
We are all called and the basis of that calling is to serve. No matter what position we hold in the church, that place and role is one of service. We are all interdependent and need each other. Christian mission is team work. If we don’t do our work well, then we don’t only let down God but our ‘team’ members as well. As the saying goes, ‘we are only as strong as the weakest link!’ Considering we are all weak, then it reminds us of how much we need to support of one another. Everything we do is for the glory of God and we have to point away from ourselves towards Him.
On the 14th. May 2017, I celebrated nineteen years of living under vows. Four of those years were in temporary vows until I was allowed to make my life profession in 2002.
The 14th. May is St. Matthias’ Day. Matthias was with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry quietly serving without apparent recognition. However, what he did didn’t go unnoticed because when there was a need for a disciple to replace Judas, he was picked out and eventually chosen as the twelfth Apostle.
Like Matthias we all need to serve humbly and obediently where we are, rejoicing that we have been called. If we serve well there, sometime in the future we may be called to a prominent Leadership role, chosen because our lives reflect the life of Jesus. All it means is that we continue to serve but are in a better position to encourage others to respond positively to our Lord’s calling for them and then to enable them to fulfil that calling.
May our Lord bless us all in the work to which He has called us.