“God chose the prophet before he was born, explained Pope Francis. In the same way, each one of us is chosen from our mother’s womb with the vocation of serving. None of us “fell into this world by chance. Each one of us has a destiny, a free destiny, the destiny of being chosen by God. I am born with the destiny…chosen to be a child of God, to be a servant of God with the task of serving.” Pope Francis (Today’s Homily)
Most of us don’t think of ourselves as special as the Old Testament prophets. However, just as Isaiah was chosen by God in his mother’s womb, we too share the same intimate calling of God.
In today’s Old Testament reading, every child of God should see himself/herself as sharing God’s election before the world’s beginning. God’s desire us for is to see ourselves as fulfilling Isaiah 49:1-6.
- The LORD called me (Brad) from birth,
- from my mother’s womb, he gave me my name (Brad)
- He made of me (Brad) a sharp-edged sword
- and concealed me (Brad) in the shadow of his arm.
- He made me (Brad) a polished arrow,
- in his quiver, he hid me (Brad).
- You are my servant, he said to me (Brad),
Israel, through whom I show my glory.
- And I (Brad) is made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
- It is too little, he says, for you (Brad) to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
- I will make you (Brad) light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
Whether you are Peter or Judas, God’s hope for us is to finish our lives as a servant. While society promotes personal advancement, God’s hope is for us to choose the lowest rung.
Pope Francis concluded his homily saying,
“To serve is not demanding some benefit for ourselves other than serving, Jesus, the Servant of God gives us an example of service. The glory of Jesus was serving until death. “It seemed a defeat but it was a way of serving.”