Advent Reflection: You are called!

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”

“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

Where is God calling you today? Will you go?

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Read Isaiah 6:1-8.

Over and over in the Bible, we read stories of people being called: prophets anoint young boys who will become kings; Jesus invites fishermen and tax collectors to follow him, and they do; Mordecai challenges Esther to speak up for her people, stating “perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen” (from Esther 4:14); and God calls Isaiah with the rather leading question “Whom shall I send?”. It may seem like “the call” is only for kings, prophets, and priests. And maybe that’s true—because at Baptism we were all called to share in Christ’s roles as priest, prophet, and king.

Each one of us receives many calls in a lifetime. Through Baptism, we are called to love God and our neighbors. The vocation to which we are called (marriage, religious life, priesthood, dedicated single life, etc.) shows us the setting in which we will live out our call to love. We may also be called to different jobs, missions, or service activities at different times in our lives.

Have you felt a pull, or call to something different in your life? Pray about that pull you are feeling. Open yourself to God’s plan, trusting in his wisdom.

Think about the words as you sing along with this familiar hymn.

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