“Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom
to live in the freedom of the city of God!
We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.
Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless.
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!
Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign and we’ll walk with each other as sisters
and brothers united in love.”
Once upon a time, the word “vocation” seemed to apply to those who chose to enter the clerical state or the life of a Religious. Marriage was seen as less perfect vocation, reserved for those were not able to choose the more perfect vocation. Today, our perception of the concept of vocation is expanding greatly, including all of humanity; all of creation. We are all called to allow that light that is the Holy Spirit to shine through us; through all of us! We are called to recognized that we are all called to be gift for one another, receiving and giving at the same time. As John the baptizer proclaimed; We are not here to proclaim ourselves, but that loving God that gives us the gift of life. We proclaim that God that is both gift and giver, and we are called to follow.
All of the “stuff” that we give will pass in time and be found one day in the garbage. The one gift that does not pass away is the gift of love. When we gather together to celebrate life in all of it’s facets we celebrate love coming to be. When we remember those who have gone before us, we remember the gifts that they were to us and that remain with us. When we give the gift of love, we share our humanity and in sharing our humanity, we share life itself and in fact, we share the divinity that resides within us; that divinity that is constantly unfolding around us and is indeed the light of the world. The Incarnation is the ongoing story; life coming to be. Celebrate and rejoice and share the Good News with everyone that you meet along the way.