Heed God’s Voice
In the first reading today Moses says to the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes.” The first part of any vocation story is a relationship with Jesus, and the second is openness to God’s voice.
Like many young people, when I was in high school my future goal was to go to the minimum amount of schooling in order to make the maximum amount of money. Lofty ideas but I thought I had done just that after I completed an Airframe and Powerplant program from Northrup Institute of Technology less than two years after finishing high school. Even before completing that course I was employed at McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach and thought I was set — college behind me and a good paying job, life was good.
Not long after completing that A & P program however, I began to hear a call from God toward priesthood. I avoided the call for a while but eventually I had to face it. Discernment was a process that took some time, some deep conversation with good friends and much prayer. And what a blessing it has been for me to “heed the voice of God.”
The voice I heard called me to care for His people, the kind of care I noticed from the Samaritan in the famous Good Samaritan parable we hear today. I have been blessed to be in a position to care for the people of God, the Church. I have seen incredible blessings when people serve the Lord by caring for others in need, reaching out to the hurting and extending the mercy of Jesus.
As we continue our journey of faith during these summer months, may we heed the voice of God and be intentional in our discipleship as we extend His care and mercy to all. Peace.