Vocation Meditation -
May 22, 2011
Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
(2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9)
Easter Season is a great time to celebrate our vocation to follow Christ. Today we are invited by our liturgy’s second reading, (1 Peter) to become “like living stones” in building up the body of Christ, to care for and witness to the life of the people of God. Stones present to us many wonderful images. As we know they come in all shapes and sizes and are used in so many ways: in the foundation of a home, a protective wall, a pathway, and the smallest, most decorative worn as jewelry.
Jesus drew His disciples from variety of people, ‘stones of many kinds” because he needed them all to build His community of faithful believers who would become the first Church. Their role was then to witness to the world what it means to experience the amazing love of God that embraces all peoples, forgives all sins, heals all ills that divide and can even destroy us and the very creation that sustains us. That love ultimately invites us to our original destiny which is to one day be totally united with our God.
When I consider my life today and look towards my future, where do how to I see myself heading? What gifts do I have that God has given me to make good use of? What kind of ‘spiritual stone’ am I?
Loving Creator, you have created me and gifted me to serve You. May I come to see more clearly the way to live my life more fully in You, using my gifts in Your service, to help build Your kingdom.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.