We are all called to a vocation in life. A call to take our God-given talents, and use them for our benefit, our own improvement, but more importantly for the betterment of those we meet in our everyday lives. Whether we are single, married, religious life, or clergy, God calls each one of us to be that difference. A ripple in the water of life that will touch and will influence society in a positive way.
Abraham heard the call and followed in faith. John the Baptist understood his calling in life, listened, and was obedient to the will of God. Jesus, in our own humanity, understood his calling and was obedient to the will of the Father.
In a society that sounds a continuous call for personal autonomy, a call that resonates for personal self-rule, and for a subjective belief in what is the truth, it becomes a culture where truth becomes relative. Accepting for themselves what is right or wrong, and that like a ripple in the water will affect all of society.
It takes moral courage, something that is rare in a society of this self-truth, to accept even for a moment in life, that there is something bigger than all of us and acting on that belief. As stated in a recent homily, this “Moment of clarity,” came to light, when a critically injured football player, brought two opposing teams and a nation to their knees in prayer for his recovery. In that moment, those who were watching football that night, saw an announcer ask for a moment of prayer. Not a moment of silence, but a moment of prayer, and he personally led that prayer for over a minute. He wasn’t thinking of any consequences for leading a prayer to someone bigger than all of us.
We are all called in life to have that moral courage, to use what is instilled in our hearts by God for our benefit. More importantly for the betterment of our neighbor. Like the ripple in the water, that moral courage has an impact on all society.