Before I retired, I gave a lot of thought to how I would spend my new freedom. I knew family would come first, and being an active participant in church life, I wanted to continue my current ministries. The one thing I would do for myself was to seek guidance from God and discern where he wanted me to go. It is in the silence of the early morning and at the reception of the Eucharist that I hear his voice, guiding me.
Today’s gospel finds Jesus going to the mountain to pray, for it was time to choose twelve men to answer a call to ministry, proclaiming the kingdom of God, clothing the naked, feeding the poor, and driving out demons. The twelve would eventually become his successors and one his betrayer. It was a tough decision. His followers were loyal, committed, and from all walks of life. Some were holy and righteous, and others sinners who knew little about the law and life of God. Through prayer and discernment, Jesus called each one by name, and they said yes.
Peter Julian Eymard, as a young boy, considered the tabernacle at his local church to be his mountain top. With his ear pressed against the tabernacle, he would listen and hear God’s will in his life. As a young man, he traveled through the French Alps to various Marian shrines and his beloved Rock of Saint Romans, discerning God’s will in his life.
Which mountain top will you go to today? Will your ears be open to hear, and your heart to listen to his word?
Let Us Pray:
Most high and glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and grant me right faith, sure hope, and perfect charity. Fill me, Lord, with understanding and knowledge that I may fulfill your holy commands. Amen. (Saint Francis of Assisi)
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