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Vocation Meditation -
January 16, 2011

“Here I am Lord, I have come to do your will.”
(Psalm 40)

Today our liturgical readings invite us to reflect on our Christian vocation, to cherish it and to live our lives based on it. Our basic vocation is to be a servant of God, following in the footsteps of Jesus, sharing in his vocation that came from the Father through the Spirit. John the Baptist in today’s Gospel clearly identifies Jesus and his mission: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

That primal sin in the Gospel of John is seen as, ‘ignorance of God and refusing to acknowledge one’s ignorance of God. From this sin all other sins have their origin. (Fr Scott Lewis, the Catholic Register, Jan 9, 2011)

At every Eucharist just before receiving communion we pray: “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us”. To live our vocation as God’s servant we must be vigilant, seeking humbly through the sacraments to be freed again and again from the temptation to distance ourselves from God which diminishes our living Gospel values.

We are invited today to fine tune our ears and our hearts to the guidance of God as we find it both in the Eucharist we celebrate and in our daily lives, among our families, our life at school, our life in the workplace. It is the call to live with discerning hearts.

Vocational Reflection:
How am I a servant of God at this time in my life? How do I sense God’s direction in my life towards the service of others?

Loving God guide me as I enter this New Year that I may know more clearly where you want me to be at this time in my life and how best I can respond to your will in my vocation to serve you. Amen.

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

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