Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:12-19
Today, Jesus calls the men that would be His closest friends, His apostles, the ones who would spread the Gospel all over the world and start His beloved Church. The Bible mentions all their names, emphasizing the importance of Jesus’ personal call to each one of them.
This passage reminds us of the one from Jeremiah 1:5,“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Even if you and I are not specifically called to be a prophet or an apostle in the literal meaning of the word, we are all called to be Jesus’ closest friends, to follow His way and to spread the Gospel everywhere we go.
From our Baptism, we were called by our names, the one our parents chose for us; and by this name, God our Father knows us, since before we were formed in the womb! Each one of us has a specific gift, a specific mission in this Earth. If we don’t develop this gift, if we don’t try to fulfill our mission the best we can, NOBODY can do what we were called to do.
It’s not always easy to know what we are supposed to do with our lives, but God keep giving us signs. We need to open our hearts and minds to listen and to see those signs, and have the courage and the strength to follow them. Alone it is impossible. We can only do that with the help of grace, so we should ask for that grace every day.
Do I know why I was born? What is my specific mission on this Earth? How can I discover it?
Holy Spirit, please open my mind and my heart to see God’s signs in my life; and give me the will and the strength to follow His perfect plan for me.
Copyright 2017 Flávia Ghelardi
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