Every human person in today’s world seeks to find meaning to his or her life. People are often discouraged when they are unable to perceive the ‘why’ of life and aim to search for it in wrong and absurd ways. According to the theologian Paul Tillich, the word ‘God’ translates as the depth of our life, the source of our being, and our ultimate concern, is what we take seriously without any reservations. So, our search for meaning connects with our search for God.
Every human person has a purpose to fulfil in life. All have a specific task and are individually called by God for a task or a mission. The call that God gives is personal. We will not comprehend the mission easily unless we are totally attentive to His calling. There is the constant search for God in the heart of every person. There is a need of quietness and withdrawal to recognize the presence of God in our life.
Although we are not necessarily called to sacrifice security or our personal idea of duty or the affection of a family as Jesus was, today’s liturgy challenges us to re-examine our attachments that may be holding us back from a joyful and liberated following of Jesus. These attachments may be small or big, family or wealth, insecurity or protection. But we are to examine them as we approach closer to Jesus.
In true discipleship, there is no turning back. There is no turning back to the worldly ways. As Disciples of Christ, we are expected to continuously move forward by growing in our spiritual lives through the grace of God the Father and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit in the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
When the Lord calls us to follow him, He gives us the grace to put aside everything that might keep us from doing His will. Loyalty to Jesus requires sacrifice, letting go of my will for God's will.
“Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess you have given me. I surrender it all to you to be disposed of according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace - with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more.”
2022 Catholic Ministries Appeals Update
St. Finbarr St. Patrick St. Ignatius
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