Rock Climbing

In today’s Gospel of John, two of the disciples follow Jesus and he asks them what they are looking for. He invites them to come and see in response to their question about where he is staying. Simon later gets to meet the Christ who renames him Cephas, or rock. In the First Reading, the divine call comes much differently, when Samuel is fast asleep and he does not have any curiosity, only a deep desire to serve Eli, his master. Psalm 40 is a beautiful expression of one who wants to wait patiently for the Lord, eager to do the will of the Master.

We are all called to serve. In fact, in terms of the Ignatian Principle and Foundation, we are created to serve, love and honour God. Some days like Simon Peter we may feel we are climbing a rock that is too high. Other times, perhaps more like Samuel, we find ourselves saying yes without really comprehending what is occurring. We just know that deep within us, Someone is calling and we are supposed to listen.

If, as in the Second Reading from 1 Corinthians, we are a temple of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, we host a bit of the divine. Surely that divine recognizes the Divine from which it sprung. I believe that God calls each of us, and that longing is housed deep within us.

Are you listening?



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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