GOD CALLS TO ME - Retreat #6 in Everyday Life

PRAYER FOR GRACE: For a grateful awareness of the many ways in which God calls me.

MEDITATION

Listening (1 Sam 3:10)

10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”


Here I am (1 Sam 3: 3a-11)

Revelation to Samuel. Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was. 4 The Lord called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.” 5 He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.” “I did not call you,” Eli answered. “Go back to sleep.” So he went back to sleep. 6 Again the Lord called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “You called me.” But he answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”7 Samuel did not yet recognize the Lord, since the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the youth. 9 So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” When Samuel went to sleep in his place, 10 the Lord came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel! Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 The Lord said to Samuel: I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears it ring.”


When you call, I will listen (Jer 29:11-14)

11 For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the Lord—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. 12 When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13 When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will let you find me—oracle of the Lord—and I will change your lot; I will gather you together...”


Do not Be afraid (Jer 1: 4-10a)

4 The word of the Lord came to me: 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. 6 “Ah, Lord God!” I said, “I do not know how to speak. I am too young!” 7 But the Lord answered me, Do not say, “I am too young.” To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you—oracle of the Lord.

9 Then the Lord extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying to me,

See, I place my words in your mouth! 10 Today I appoint you


I will give you rest (Matt 11:28-30)

Jesus said: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


CONTEMPLATION: The Call


Put out into the Deep (Luke 5: 1-11)

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” 9 For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, 10 and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.





Come and You will see (John 1: 35-39)

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” 37 The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.




Reflection

Following one’s vocation suggests that there is a special form of life that one is called to: to follow this is the way to realize one’s God-given destiny. Following one’s vocation ensures that what you choose to do, finds itself in harmony with your inner nature which God created in you. It also means that this is the best way to unfold and develop whatever gifts one has. Take some time to reflect on your unique gifts.

· How are you being invited to trust, grow and respond to those gifts as you live your life at this time in your life?

· How are you living out your vocation?

Reread one of the scriptures aloud a few times. Allow the words to wash over you without judgment. Is there a word or phrase that resonates with you?

Come back to that word or phrase throughout the day noticing how you are invited by God to reflect.



SOME DEFINITE SERVICE John Henry Cardinal Newman God knows me and calls me by my name.… God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me      which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,      but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…      I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection      between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,      I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth      in my own place, while not intending it,      if I do but keep His commandments      and serve Him in my calling. Therefore I will trust Him.      Whatever, wherever I am,      I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be      necessary causes of some great end,      which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,      He may shorten it;      He knows what He is about.      He may take away my friends,      He may throw me among strangers,      He may make me feel desolate,      make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—      still He knows what He is about.… Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—      I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used. from Meditations and Devotions, "Meditations on Christian Doctrine"