“JESUS WENT UP THE MOUNTAIN AND SUMMONED THOSE WHOM HE WANTED AND THEY CAME TO HIM.” MK 3:13-19
Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. Mk 3:13-19
One thought the devil puts in our minds is that we are not as holy as someone else. We downplay ourselves because we think certain people never sin. Of course, we aren’t the chosen 12. The Chosen 12 had their mission and purpose. God chose certain positions in the Church to be anointed and ordained for specific purposes and apostolates that we do not have but may be called to. May we honor them and revere them for their calling and pray for them. If we are called to marriage, we are still called for a specific mission and purpose to be holy and be a saint!
The most important thing we must understand is that all of us are baptized in the same waters and are called to be holy. Pope Francis is NOT more baptized than you and I. St. Francis is not more baptized than us. By baptism we are all called to the same holiness as the pope, bishops, priests, religious brothers and sisters; we are all called to this high calling, to be saints. We are all sealed in the same Holy Spirit. Today, Jesus in this Gospel is calling you. He wants to have an encounter with you and tell you what God made you for.
Holiness is perfection through submitting your will to God. God is holy, not humanity. The first step to climbing the mountain of holiness is to recognize this. Therefore, God has given us the gift of himself in grace. Our efforts do not make us holy, filling ourselves up with God’s grace makes us holy.
So, following the 10 commandments, living a sacramental life to receive the graces we need to keep fighting the good fight, and dying to self and filling ourselves up with Christ makes us holy. When we offer our crosses up when we suffer (thank God we have something to offer our suffering up to-thank you Jesus!), help those in need, and fast we are made holy. When we sacrifice to strengthen our self-control and remind ourselves we can control ourselves and we can quit anything if we want to bad enough we grow in holiness. Most importantly, when we pray, read the Scriptures, sit in silence and listen with our gaze on Jesus developing a personal relationship with Him we learn true love. Then, our holiness begins to soar!
Every human soul is called to do this through Baptism. May we not take the power of the cross away from Jesus and think we are less holy or any less called to sainthood. We are doing ourselves, the Church, and the world a great disservice. Recognize your identity as an adopted son or daughter of God, brother or sister in Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit to be a saint today through gift of God’s grace.
Today’s challenge: Pray for your vocation. God is calling you, are you listening. Go to adoration and listen.
Be a servant, be a saint today!
***We are praying for all of you on the March for Life trip, may we protect the most innocent in our country by law!!! May we be a voice for the voiceless!