Sunday readings reflection: Both called and brought to completion

February 6, 2022

Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 138:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity. All are called to holiness.

At times, I am a man of unclean lips, at times I am not fit to be an apostle, and at times I am a sinful man. If I’m being honest, maybe it’s more than just “at times.” Yet, like Isaiah, Paul and Peter, and as the Catechism teaches, despite my state in life, I am called to a universal holiness. There is a common phrase that says, “God does not call the qualified but qualifies those He calls.” And in today’s readings, we see some examples of that, examples from those to whom we look as our Godly examples of holiness.

In praise of God, the Psalmist reminds me that “the Lord will complete what He has done for me.” Consider that we all have a call to holiness and consider that it is God who calls and who will bring us to completion. Doing so seems less daunting, doesn’t it? If the Almighty God is both the call and the answer, we just need to accept–no toil or sorrow, no wavering or fear, just say “yes.” Seems too simple. Perhaps it is because I have a tendency to complicate things, adding conditions and deadlines and measures and caveats that God does not add. Just say “yes.”

God Is. When I figure that out, I’ll know how awesome, how wonderful, how praise-worthy that is.

My Lord God, may today I be attentive to Your Word and open to Your call. Amen


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