Friday, December 18, 2009

Vocation excuses, excuses, excuses...

O LORD OF ISRAEL, who showed Yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: Come, stretch out Your mighty hand, to set us free.

Lord, our God, reveal Yourself to us in the persons, circumstances, and events of each day, especially in those who need our time and talents. Open our eyes to recognize Your workings in all that happens to us; keep us open to Your coming to us in the unusual events and surprises of each day. May the place of our work become “holy ground” for we believe that You are present everywhere. Amen.
There are all kinds of excuses for not following a vocation. Why not go back to Scripture for various excuses used by folks we now hail as our faith heroes. If you think you are too young, check out the story of Jeremiah. If you feel you cannot speak, read the story of Moses. If you ever wonder how a vocation could be yours, read the story of Mary's Annunciation. If you feel you are too sinful, read the life of Saint Peter. If you think you are not capable of being called by God, read the story of Sarah. This list goes on and on. Scripture is filled with the stories of people who had excuses just like us. What makes them great? They moved forward in faith, relying on God.

Is God calling you to religious life? If so, what are you doing about it? What is your excuse not to follow?