Saint Andrew’s response, when called by Jesus to follow him, was immediate. “Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.”
“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once, they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18).
Would that we all could answer the call of the Lord and follow him immediately. Compare that with the Lord’s call to Moses at the burning bush, who told him to “Now go!” But Moses objected, saying, who am I to speak to Pharaoh; the Israelites won’t believe me; who should I say sent me; and I am slow of speech and tongue. The Lord became angry with Moses but persisted in convincing him to answer his call.
I am ashamed to say that my answer to God and his call to teach religious education was more like Moses’ response. I am too old; they won’t respond to me, and I am not capable of holding their attention for that long. I am already doing other church activities.
Saint Julian Eymard’s response to his calling was inspiring. The resistance he had to his calling was not in his heart but from outside circumstances: his poverty, the death of his mother, and shortly after that his father, his poor health, the resistance of his own bishop. It was his own steadfastness with God’s help that saw him through.
If I have learned anything from this reflection and my personal experience, if we want to discern a calling from the Lord, it can be seen through his persistence and patience with us. Looking back at Moses, I remember that God told him that he would not enter the land of milk and honey before his death. What chance does any of us have? But then I remembered who appeared with Jesus at the Transfiguration.
Let Us Pray:
Come, O my soul! Leave the world, come out of thyself; renounce thyself; and go to the God of the Eucharist. He has an abode in which to receive thee; he longs for thee; he wants to live with thee. Abide in Jesus present in thy heart; live in the goodness of Jesus Eucharistic. (Prayer of Saint Peter Julian Eymard: The Eucharist, The Center of our Love).
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