This week the Church presents us with the calling of Samuel – in the first reading – and the first three apostles: Andrew, Simon (Peter) and possibly John – in the Gospel. But contrary to what it may seem, this was not the first time God called them. This was, in fact, the second calling.
The first time that God called out their names, they did not hear it. It was the day when they were conceived. That day God called out their names and brought them into existence. And indeed, ever since their first day of life, God has hold them in existence by continuously calling out their names every instant.
But it was just right that they would be called a second time. This time they would be given the chance to hear the voice of God and experience for themselves that God loved them, that He had thought about them and that He had called them into existence for a very definite mission. Samuel was destined to be the prophet who would oversee the establishment of the monarchy in Israel, and Andrew, Simon (Peter) and John to be apostles of Jesus and the first foundation of the Church.
The same, of course, is true of every one of us. God uttered our names long before we could hear his voice. And in a mysterious way, with the cooperation of our parents, we too were called into existence by God. Ever since then He has never ceased to call out our name from the depth of this mind and heart to hold us in existence. And if He has not done so yet, He will call us a second time too and give our existence the direction, the purpose and meaning for which he created us.
When that day comes, and we hear the voice of God calling us again, we, like Samuel, the apostles, the Virgin Mary and the thousands of saints that came before us should be able to answer: “Lord I have no life other than the one you gave me and I have no programme for this life other than the one you give me”.
Fr Daniel Herrero Peña
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A Prayer of Trust in God
God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission - I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling.
Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from you what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever.
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