21st Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday, Year II

In today’s First Reading Paul greets the Church at Corinth by reminding them that he was called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and also that they also have a calling. Every believer, every human being has a calling. The fundamental calling for every human being is to holiness, because holiness means communion with God, a communion of life and love. There are many ways to respond to this call to holiness–priesthood, consecrated life, married life, etc.–and if we listen in prayer the Lord helps us to discern the path of holiness he is inviting us to follow.

Each path is a specific imitation of Christ, which is why through communion with him we achieve holiness and communion with God. He does not only give us an example to follow; he empowers us to reconcile with God and remain in communion with him through prayer and the sacraments. This is a life-long project; we can always turn away from our callling, because we are free, but almost invariably that is a recipe for misery in life. Thankfully, through his mercy, as long as we live we can also turn back to him again.

In prayer today ask Our Lord to help you discern what he is calling you to do with your life.

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:1–9; Psalm 145:2–7; Matthew 24:42–51. See also 19th Week in Ordinary Time, Sunday, Cycle C, 29th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday, and 21st Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday.