Vocation Meditation - <br />November 7, 2010 > Vocations.ca

Vocation Meditation -
November 7, 2010

In response to the Sadducees who opposed the teaching of Jesus, especially on the subject of resurrection from the dead, Jesus replied:

"The children of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead, neither marry or are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die any more because they are like Angels and are sons and daughters of God being children of the resurrection."

Often, students who hear priests and religious share their vocation stories will invariably ask them, "Why can't you get married?" In today's Gospel, Jesus answers this question in his response to the Sadducees.

The commitment to celibacy of a priest or religious is first of all a witness of love, a total giving of one's life to God, in service of God's Kingdom. It accepts willingly to live a relationship with Christ that imitates his way of loving people, a totally inclusive love. A celibate witness does not diminish marital love but rather anticipates, though not yet perfectly, how we will all live in the Resurrection, when Jesus returns again to invite us to eternal life with God.

For Personal Reflection
Have I ever considered the possibility that I could live a celibate life as a committed religious priest, sister, brother, or as a member of the diocesan clergy. Am I possibly called to consecrated life for the single person?

Ever gracious and loving God, help me to hear how you are calling me in my life, and to conform my will to yours where I know that I will find the greatest happiness and fulfillment in how I am called to live. Amen

For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.

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