The second reading for today’s Ascension Sunday liturgy exhorts us to “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received” Many times when accompanying people discerning their life’s call I have heard them say, in one way or another, “but I am not worthy of this- I am not good enough…” I always respond that none of us is “worthy” enough. It doesn’t depend, thank God, on our worthiness. The call is God’s gift. Am I willing to receive it?
Paul lays out what it means to live a life worthy of the call: in humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another in love, in unity and peace…” (Ephesians 4: 1-7) He starts off with humility, a true humility that knows that God’s grace and goodness and love is the source of the call- not our own worthiness. Can I be humble enough to receive God’s call and to trust that God can do these things in me?
As I wrote on Thursday, the end of Mark’s Gospel says that after Jesus ascended into heaven the disciples took up his mission and the Lord continued to work with them. The call to continue the mission of Jesus keeps coming every day. Even as we wait for the fullness of the Spirit to be poured out on us and our world, there is work to be done. And we are worthy of the call as the Lord continues to work with us.