Listening to the Gospel for today, Jesus calling the apostles, I thought about a common reaction I hear from people discerning a call to religious life. “I could never be a sister/brother/priest. I’m not holy enough.” My response is always the same: Who of us is? And if you look back at the various calls in the Old and New Testaments or the lives of the saints and founders of religious congregations, most of them were hesitant, reluctant or resistant to God’s invitation. Everyone had an excuse.
In the words of St. Mark (3:13-19), Jesus calls who he wants! He sees the qualities he needs in the very human persons following him. Even their quirks are lovable. James and John are called the “Sons of Thunder”. Now I wonder exactly what Jesus meant by that? I imagine he was referring to some “issues” they had!
All of us have had the experience of being chosen- or not- for a team, a group, a club. The joy of someone choosing us, of wanting us, or the disappointment at being left on the sidelines, are deep in our human experience.
Today is an opportunity to take a few moments of quiet in order to know myself as chosen by God in a very unique and particular way. I imagine hearing my name called out, even made special by a little comment or endearing nickname, and allow myself to experience the love of God for me, quirks and all.