Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21
In today's First Reading, St. Paul asks the Corinthians to consider their own calling. He means to have them reflect on their abilities and shortcomings and everything in-between. He wants them to discover that by no merit of their own, but by God's grace, they are called to service and are empowered to spread the Good News.
It is our duty also, as it was the Corinthians' and indeed all the baptized, to recognize and execute the part we are to play in God's plan for the coming of the kingdom.
That doesn't mean we become self-possessed and spend all our energy trying to figure ourselves out, or God for that matter, but rather to give over to God what we know without much effort. That is, all good things are gifts from Him (even hardship which, by the way, He does not necessarily ordain, but allows) and an opportunity for His glory and our salvation.
So then, consider your own calling - what is it?
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne