This is a sermonette that I gave to my community on October 14. Each of the students gives a sermonette throughout the month of October. This is intended for seminarians and priests but I think that there are elements that each Christian could find useful in their vocational journey.
Vocation. What does it entail? Who do we seek as a model? In its infancy we seek God. We seek to be seen by God; to see God; to love God and to be loved by God. We seek to serve as well. We may, at times, find ourselves seeking certain aspects that lead us away from that initial call from God.
The journey of our vocational lives is a constant turning of our lives back towards the will of God the Father. Seeking Him through his Son while being animated in doing so by the Holy Spirit. Our lives can at times seem as if we are wandering in the desert like the Israelites did so long ago and at other times seem as if everything is perfectly in sync with God’s plan.
Our lives demand of us level of abandonment. Often it seems as if it is unbearable, however Christ, who makes all things possible, strengthens us. In the Gospel of Mark 8: 34 Christ speaks of the conditions of discipleship, “He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me…” At face value it appears that the disciple of Christ is one who must let go of and leave everything behind. But, while it is imperative that a follower of Our Lord does these things, the disciple also gains much. In abandoning our will to God’s will we see God working in our life to bring forth His Kingdom through us. Using us as a sower of the seed of the Word of God and the Work of God in people’s lives.
We see this most clearly in the life of Our Lady. Mary let go of everything. She did not know where her “fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum” would lead her. But she knew that she would be doing the will of God. Our Lady is a prime example for us. Despite our ignorance or lack of faith at times we know that if we live our lives according to the will of Father we will be successful in our lives because we have lived our lives in accordance with God’s will for us, our vocation.
Also, in living out our vocation we are playing an active role in Salvation History. Just as Mary’s “Fiat” allowed for the entry of the Messiah into the world our “Yes” to God’s will allows us to be an active participant in God’s plan for salvation. By being faithful to God we will, and will at some point, be ministers of God’s sacraments which are all outward signs of His love for humanity. Our Lady’s “Fiat” brought forth the Son of God into the world and impacted salvation history for all. If we are to live out our vocation faithfully, and with joy, we too can positively impact salvation history not just for us; but also for those to whom we are sent.
Using Our Lady as our model of fidelity to the will of God let us entrust ourselves to her; imploring from her for guardianship as well as an intercessor in our lives to assist us in remaining faithful to the call we have all received.
Mary Help of Christians,
Pray for us.