Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and I will follow you.
This was the plea that Elisha made to Elijah, who was calling him to be his attendant. Elijah, however, refused. So Elisha got rid of everything he had and followed Elijah. Let’s be honest; sometimes, bible stories seem a bit strange. How long would it have taken Elisha to go bid farewell to his parents? Instead of returning home, he kills 24 oxen, finds the equipment to boil their flesh, builds a fire big enough, and feeds “his people.” That would have taken a few days, to say the least. Why the meal itself would have lasted a day!
However, most bible stories are written not so that we can poke fun at seeming incongruities, but for the basic point that they are making. In this case, it is that when God calls us, we are not to make excuses or tell him that we will do so only after we have done this, that, or another thing. Vocational choices in the kingdom of God do not depend on us, or when we feel we are ready, but on our attentiveness to God’s call.
We have a chance to hone our heeding God’s calls to us each time we celebrate Mass. In every Mass, we have three important “amens.” At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, we answer “amen” to the acclamation of the priest. We do the same when receiving the body and blood of Christ. These are not simply affirmations of faith. Our “amen” is meant to be a commitment. Everything that Jesus said and did, we are committing ourselves to follow. This is when we should be promising alacrity to doing whatever he wants of us today.
How open am I to God’s invitation?
Let Us Pray:
O loving God, you call each of us by name. And you call each of us to follow you in some unique way. Help me to be discerning in following your will each day, rather than my own preferences. I ask this through Christ, our Lord.
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