"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you." Jn 15:16
Being chosen for anything is always affirming, even at those times when we would rather be ignored. As children we were chosen for teams on playing fields and in schools. As adults, some might encourage us to run for public office or a parish council. Whatever it is, when others see in us some quality that they would like in leadership, we are lifted up.
Jesus chooses us all to be servants leaders of his Father and those most in need. Sometimes we wonder about this. Does the Lord see something in us that we ignore or downplay? Does God look only at our strengths? Or does God choose us because we are all equally God's children, sons and daughters who together present an image of God's love in which others can discover God's love for all?
While these questions remain open, that God calls each of us does not. We are the chosen of God, and while we can reject this call, God does not stop calling. God has a role for each of us, a way to be in the world that gives honor to God is ways beyond our imagination. God sees, as it were, from 30,000 feet, and though we may feel like we are under a cloud, God sees the whole of our life and continues to assure us that we are not alone, no matter how dark the path may seem.
Today, rest in the realization of your personal call to a life of faith?
Have you ever experienced God's call in a particular situation or circumstance?