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High Calling

High Calling

Jesus told his disciples, “Be perfect as Your Heavenly Father is perfect”.  (See Matthew 5:48)

 

Another translation reads: “Be holy as Your Heavenly Father is holy”.

This is what I want more than anything.  Sure, I get distracted by many things in my daily life; but when everything gets quiet and I can hear the cry of my soul, this is what my heart longs for.  I want to be loved by the Father; and I desire to love Him with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. 

 

I believe most of us want the same thing.  We may not be able to articulate it or we may describe similar thoughts differently.  However, we are aware of this great longing for God built into the very makeup of our lives.  Our day-to-day existence is often dominated by the anxieties of life.  But, we all have moments when we understand that we were made for so much more. 

When I read the scriptures, I am overwhelmed with the simple idea that we are meant to live extraordinary lives.  God expects us to be holy in all of our conduct since it is written “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”  (1 Peter 1:15)  God intends for us to walk in the light and, in fact, to become the light of the world.  He has purposed us to live in love because He is love.  God desires that we be pure just as he is pure; we are to abide in Him and to walk in the same way in which Jesus walked.  Paul describes this as the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

The fact that we are called to such an exalted life should thrill us to the very core of our beings.  Of course, as soon as we look in the mirror, we are confronted with the overwhelming sense that the person we see in the mirror is not the person described in the passages above.  We readily agree with Paul that whatever treasure we have in Christ is held in earthen vessels to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.  (2Cor. 4:7)  It is easy for us to focus on our weaknesses which are so readily apparent and to under appreciate the immeasurable greatness of His power at work in us who believe, according to the working of His great might.  (Eph. 1:19) 

The Christian life is, by definition, a supernatural life.  It can only be lived by the power of the Holy Spirit — the kind of power manifested on the day of Pentecost when tongues of fire fell on those gathered in the upper room.  This is the same power that transformed fearful disciples into powerful evangelists who turned the world upside down.  We have the same call on our lives today as the early disciples.  If we are going to respond and live the kind of live they lived, we need the same power from on high.

Jesus invites all of us to union with Him.  We are all called to the heights.  He has placed in each of us a desire for this type of life.  St. Therese of Lisieux says that God never puts a desire in us that he doesn’t intend to fulfill.  The fact that we desire to live in union with God should be a sign of hope to us that the Lord will fulfill the desires of our heart. I am hopeful, what about you?

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