Both St. Paul and St. Joseph respond to God’s call, but they do it in very different ways. Their examples reveal that the Lord offers many ways that we can offer our lives, based on our ability and talent. There is nothing to stop us…except ourselves.
Like a coach who calls a play that leads to action on the field, God calls us to a life of faith by what we think, speak and do. May we hear the Lord’s call in our lives today and respond with full hearts!
The first reading and the Gospel are at opposite ends of how people respond to the call of faith. In the first reading Peter’s prayer in the name of Jesus restores a dead woman, Tabitha, to life; in the Gospel the invitation of the Lord to eat his body and drink his blood causes many to walk away. It begs the question: How’s your faith? Is it vibrant or feeble, building others up or filled with doubts?
Isaiah, Paul, and John the Baptist all respond to the Lord’s call for their lives. Their example inspires us to listen to our hearts, to others and to the Lord so that we might proclaim, like the response in the psalm today, “Hear am I Lord, I come to do your will!”
Note: Thought I’d post a picture of my niece, Lucy, as I included her brothers and sister in recent posts. Love you, Lucy!