Study: Recall a moment where you felt that God was prompting you to action. What motivated you to act? What held you back?
Pray: What grace do you need to carry out your current tasks? Storm heaven for the strength you require.
Serve: How can you make an ordinary action extraordinary? How can you do a little thing with great love?
The readings incorporate the theme of being sent on mission:
- 1st Reading – Isaiah responding to the Lord’s invitation
- Psalm – Responding to the Lord’s call with songs of praise
- 2nd Reading – Paul’s recap of the response of the apostles
- Gospel – Jesus making “fishers of men” of the Peter & the apostles
In all these cases some common points surface:
- God takes the initiative and calls us
- We (however unworthy) are invited to respond
- God provides the grace and strength
- We are called to offer our lives in action
These are beautiful thoughts as we sit on the doorstep of Lent! Friends, God continues to call us – providing grace – that we might respond and offer our lives for service in the world. So let’s turn these points around from our perspective:
- How has the Lord called each one of us…today?
- What excuses or obstacles are keeping us from responding?
- What particular grace do we need from the Lord – ask for it!
- Remember: all action – great or small – that we offer will be blessed by God to make a difference in the world.
May our words follow the example of Isaiah in the first reading today: Here am I, Lord…send me!
Note: This post was first published on February 2, 2016.