Today’s Gospel seems really challenging to live out and at the same time it helps us to make a good examination of conscience about who and what we love the most in our life. Is God first? Is my job first, together with money? Is my family first? Is pleasure first? If I know that God calls me to a consecrated life but my parents disagree, do I obey my parents or Jesus?
Jesus said: “Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me?” (Matt.10:37)
One example: If guests visit us on Sunday, do we excuse ourselves from going to Mass because of their presence or do we attend Sunday Mass as a top priority no matter what?
Another example: We hesitate to give our life to God because we fear we will suffer too much if we do and will be separated from all the things we enjoy. Jesus says to us:
“Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.”(Matt.10:38-39)
Many young people are truly searching to know what their vocation is, hesitating about the road to take among different choices: marriage, consecrated life as religious or as a diocesan priest like the three deacons ordained yesterday at the Pro-Cathedral.
Even if God knows everything, He still let us discover our vocation. How do we discern it? We can hear God’s voice in our heart and mind while in prayer, in spiritual readings, during personal retreats, when we visit sisters or brothers at their monasteries and also when we meet with our spiritual father.
For me personally, when I was begging God to reveal to me what He called me to be, I went to Mass almost every day, prayed the Rosary, went to confession often so as to keep my soul in the grace of God and I regularly met with my spiritual director.
It is not easy to consecrate our life to the truth and to follow Jesus either in the vocation of marriage if we are called to it, or as a priest or as a simple religious like St Thérèse of the Child Jesus; but if our vocation is first of all a call from God, we just need to trust Him and to respond!