THE SUMMONS:

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown?

Will you let my name be known?

Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me? 

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen

And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

 

It seems to me that in our common blindness, we fail to understand the power that we have to change the world. We become passive, waiting for a hero to come along and make the world a better place. Like the Jews at the the time of Jesus, we keep waiting for a Messiah.  Like His disciples, we tend to be a bit blind and lack understanding. We forget the words that speak to all of humanity and we therefore forget that we are created in the image and likeness of God; male and female, we are created in his image. We are, in our gift of consciousness, given all of creation to care for. We are responsible for life in all of it’s diversity; we are responsible for ongoing creation.

Jesus reminded us that God enters into human flesh; to become one with us, reminding us that we have the power of life and death, calling us to choose life. Jesus reminded us that we are one; that the Spirit of God resides within each of us and all of us. He also reminded us that we are responsible to care for one another. It is not enough to simple watch the news and then to sit passively by, complaining and griping because someone else is not solving our global and local problems. The story found in the Liturgy of the Eucharist is that we become a community, sharing the same food, and becoming one with each other in and with the one Messiah – the Anointed One. We have within us, therefore, the power to make the world into a place filled with life. We are called to be thankful for the gifts that we have within us and to nurture those gifts so that we can share them with everyone. We are not here simply for self-gratification, but rather, share a world with billions of others throughout time and space. We are one creation, and we need each other. The Good News is good only if it is put into practice – into action.

We often look at personal salvation as our only responsibility. We fail so often, to realize that our personal salvation is tied up within community. The reality, we belong to many communities, beginning with the family, then the neighborhood, the nation, the world and the universe itself. We are part of something that is so much larger than we can imagine, but all too often, fail to see beyond the end of our own nose. Somewhere along the way, we need to move from the negative approach to life, to the positive and to realize that a world that rejoices and celebrates, a world that is vibrant and filled with life, is the common responsibility of each of us. We are the Body of Christ, alive in the world and have the gift of life within us. We do not accomplish anything by waiting for the Messiah to come and save the world; the Messiah is here and living within each person, waiting to be let loose. We are responsible for our world – and we all need to decide what kind of world we want and then work to achieve it together.

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found to shape the world around?

Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me? 

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In you company, I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

We live in a world that is wounded and broken. We live in a world where we share in the guilt of breaking and wounding, by our personal and cultural prejudices and fear of diversity. We long for a world that seemed safe when we were children, but each generation must make it it’s own way forward. We are called to help one another search for and learn how to use the unique and special gift that we have been given. We are called to engage in the struggle to wholeness.

 

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