Vocation Meditation -
March 6, 2011
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
Today’s Gospel taken from Matthew is part of a set of Jesus' teachings known as the Sermon on the Mount. They contain the heart of everything Jesus taught His disciples. When we first hear His words we may feel a bit shocked. Who hasn’t at times rushed through prayer or called upon the Lord for help after trying to do everything ourselves. Then we felt the hollowness of our prayer. Jesus however is pointing to a much greater concern today, namely, ‘How grounded is my life in God? ’ As God’s beloved creatures, we have been given such freedom to choose how we want to live our lives and reach our final destiny, life lived totally in God. Today’s Gospel makes us abruptly stop and take a good look at ourselves. Am I on solid ground? What do I really need to weather the inevitable storms of life? Then we realize that Jesus is offering Himself to be our firm foundation and security, our rock upon which to build our lives and reach our destiny. In another gospel He says it like this:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in them will bear much fruit.”
John 15:5 (Gospel Acclamation)
How grounded in Jesus Christ is my life and the path I am following? Do I need to review my situation a little or a lot? Do I appreciate how deeply Jesus cares about me as His beloved one?
Jesus, draw close to me this day and accept my desire and my will to be united totally to You, that like You I may joyfully and generously do the will of the Father in union with You. Amen.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.