Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
I will take the hardest part of my day and embrace it with greater joy out of love for the one who has called me.
Lord, I bring myself into your presence knowing the
zeal of your heart for souls. The glory of your heavenly Father can shape my own heart. I am
confident that, just as the Twelve lit the flame of their love for their mission from the furnace of
your divine love, I can ignite all that is lukewarm and tepid in my own soul today. I desire to
fulfill more perfectly the mission you have given me.
Lord, grant me the
grace to be generous and trustful concerning your plan for me.
1. Jesus Needs
A condition for the Kingdom to grow is that it have protagonists. Christ refuses to
be a one-man show. We honor and bow before the divine choice expressed in Christ's desire to let his
victory be realized through others, beginning with the Twelve. In the Twelve we find the model of
every call of Christ to build his Kingdom, to spread the faith by word and deed. If there is no
response to his call, there is no Kingdom. Have I meditated on my call often? Do I see it linked to
my family and to my workplace? Have I responded to it?
2. The Calling:
Many were on
the mountain that day. Many were drawn to him and longed to be close to him, but only 12 received
the explicit call to be Apostles. The sense of predilection is in every vocation and every mission
from God. What we are chosen for in life, no one else can fulfill it. We are called by name, meaning
that Christ knows us well when he calls, including all our defects and weaknesses. He did not ask
the Twelve for their preferences, look at their SAT scores, or scrutinize their résumés. The choice
of God, revealed in prayer, is sovereign and omnipotent in action. The Twelve cannot think there has
been some mistake or some miscalculation. The voice of God, who neither deceives nor can be
deceived, is speaking.
3. A Free Response:
Christ called freely, and in freedom the
Twelve responded. He did not bring down angels from heaven to overwhelm them to cooperate, he merely
prayed to the Father. As Lord of the harvest, he has called each one of us. Our vocation as an
apostle, is not a question of our wanting to be one. It is not a question of our talents or
compelling feelings for this or that, but of our faith-driven awareness of God asking and our
responding. Why are we where we are now in our vocation in life? In our particular marriage? In a
particular lay movement? We can never know fully, for only God knows the depths of his own wisdom.
This is the first mystery of the Kingdom that touches each one of us personally: God called, he
willed it, and we said "yes." This is the only answer an apostle must seek. Anything else slows down
the mission and interrupts the dialogue of love and service to the mission. Conversation with
Christ: Lord, I want to affirm that all my work today is going to be my response to your call to be
your disciple and a light to others in this world. I resolve never to doubt the special and perfect
nature of your plan for me. May my heart always be confident and generous in responding to your
I will take the hardest part of my day and embrace it with
greater joy out of love for the one who has called me.