Sunday, the 31st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Charles Borromeo
Readings for today’s Mass
My starting point is Mt 5:48, So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. This is not to say we have to achieve the perfection of God. That would be rather intimidating! But we are each uniquely created by God with characteristics and gifts that make us a unique member of the Body of Christ (Check out 1 Cor 12:12-27.
What if our vocation is really the process of self-discovery? Of looking within to see the wonder of our own creation and to find our individual uniqueness? Using Paul’s body image, how else will we know if we are a hand or an eye? And in that process of self-discovery, what if our vocation was the pursuit of bringing to perfection that which God has given us? And what if, in the process, we found a lifestyle that best allows us to keep this ongoing pursuit alive? That’s our vocation.
Once we really know who we are, then there are lots of options available. They may even involve one of the three traditional options.
I prefer this model of vocation because our response to God’s call (that’s what vocation means - a call) is to become most fully the person God intended us to be; we are called to perfection.
I mentioned above that this is not intended to make the job easier. In fact, i think it’s more difficult because the process requires that we fully embrace what we come to know about ourselves. That means we have to be totally honest with ourselves. This can be most challenging, especially when we are trying to discern what to do with our lives. If you need help sorting it all out, stop in some time and we'll talk about it.
For Vocation Awareness Sunday, be aware that, as a member of the Body of Christ, each of us is called to wholeness, to perfection for the good of the body. Spend some time with Ps 139:1-18, and end with this very simple prayer: Oh Lord, you have searched me and you know me. Now, tell me what you know. Then listen carefully so that you might hear.