The Lord said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel,
in whom I shall be glorified’;
I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord,
my God was my strength.
And now the Lord has spoken,
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
to gather Israel to him:
‘It is not enough for you to be my servant,
to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel;
I will make you the light of the nations
so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’
The first reading at Mass today, the Sunday of the Second week in Ordinary TIme has the prophet wondering at God’s call of him, to serve to the glory of God.
To be singled out, to be called to anything by God, Creator of all that is, the One God, is itself extraordinary, mindboggling.
Yet, as the prophet hears, God has not just called him, but calls him to more and more.
We are drawn from the limits that hem us in, and constrain us, and called ot learn free to serve everywhere, any time, to anyone – to God’s glory and for the salvation of the world.
The work is God’s, and it is entrusted to the prophet and to us all. None of us has responsibility for the whole work – for that belongs to Christ. But each one of us is called to play our part, contributing to the symphony of saving love that is entrusted to the Church and to humankind…
- What is your present part?
- What might be next?
- Pray for the help you need to keep in tune with God’s will for you
Detail of ambo, French Church, Leicester Square, London. (c) 2007, Allen Morris