Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Unworthy

As I contemplate my vocation, I am increasingly aware of my unworthiness of any call I may receive. This statement, directed to another by a priest friend, I find to be helpful. It is so very true and I feel so very blessed. I try to remember often that I am blessed to be made worthy of anything - through Christ.
The Church concludes the Octave of Easter by inviting us to reflect on St. John's unique account of Easter night. The apostles, who had deserted Jesus on Good Friday, except for John, are locked in a room out of fear that what happened to Jesus will now happen to them. The apostles at this moment had to be profoundly aware of their weakness. The crisis of Good Friday had revealed their weakness and cowardice.

They may well have expected to hear Jesus express his disappointment in them. Instead, at the moment when they are so aware of their weakness, Jesus empowers them to forgive sins.

Jesus has chosen this moment well. It is abundantly clear that the authority and the power to continue Jesus' ministry of mercy are not given to the apostles because of their perfection or moral strength.

This is an important lesson that the Church needs to relearn in every age. Our Christian faith is not about human beings achieving perfection through discipline and self-mastery. The heart of the Gospel of Jesus is the power of the mercy of God to transform the weak and sinful heart.
Amen, Father. Amen.

7 Comments:

Blogger onionboy said...

Our family was watching a KofC DVD on vocation for women and one on vocation for priesthood. I was struck again how first person testimony in each program rang out with a the truth that we are each of us unworthy. The question is not why am I called Father but how will we answer? It's sobering - especially {?} for a former Prot minister like myself.

4/25/2006 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

Amen, Owen! My unworthiness is so great but His Mercy is much greater! How will each of us answer the call?

4/25/2006 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Georgette said...

I shall keep you in my prayers as you discern your vocation, Laura! May God continue to bless you with clarity of insight to His Divine Mercy and Love.

In Christ,
Georgette

4/25/2006 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger ukok said...

Praying for you as you undergo your discernment. Please pray for me as I undergo mine.

God Bless.

4/26/2006 06:00:00 AM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

Thank you, Georgette! Thank you, ukok! I will definitely pray for you in your discernment as well! :)

4/26/2006 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Moneybags said...

Laura,

I am contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, so I understand that felling of unworthiness. But, above all, the Lord needs people. If we Love Him and sincerely try to keep the Commandments then we are worthy.

"You have not chosen me but I have chosen you that you should go and bring forth fruit and your fruit should remain... love one another" (John 15:16-17).

4/28/2006 06:11:00 AM  
Blogger Moneybags said...

Hello, Laura:

I'm a planning on starting a group blog for people that are discerning vocations. Since you are discerning a religious vocation, I was wondering if you would be interested in participating in a group blog for people that are discerning religious vocations.

Please visit my blog for more information and let me know.

http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2006/05/starting-discernment-blog.html

God Bless

5/09/2006 04:12:00 PM  

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