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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Psalm 99:5-9
Matthew 5:17-19

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“It is not that we are entitled of ourselves to take credit for anything. Our sole credit is from God, Who has made us qualified ministers of a new covenant.” —2 Corinthians 3:5-6

Fr. Al Lauer, founder and long-time author of One Bread, One Body, was fond of teaching that it’s not so important to be qualified for a ministry but rather call-ified. He meant that if God has called us to a ministry, He will provide the wisdom and spiritual gifts necessary to carry out that ministry (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2004).

When we know we are called by God to a ministry and that God is providing what we need for that ministry (Catechism, 2000), this breeds confidence. “This great confidence in God is ours, through Christ” (2 Cor 3:4). We now see ourselves as God’s co-workers (1 Cor 3:9). We know that any problems arising are His to resolve, not ours. “He Who calls us is trustworthy, therefore He will do it” (1 Thes 5:24).

So instead of worrying or stressing about problems, we take them to Him in prayer. We listen to God for His answers. We do our best with great confidence in God, rather than in our own ability to accomplish anything. Though we are tested by both God (see 1 Thes 2:4) and others, we rejoice in Him Who called us. Thank You, Jesus, Lord of our ministry!

Prayer:  Father, open my ears to hear Your call in my life and open my heart to heed it.

Promise:  “Whoever fulfills and teaches these commands shall be great in the kingdom of God.” —Mt 5:19

Praise:  James, though engaged to Regina, so strongly felt the call to the priesthood that he broke off his engagement in order to enter the seminary. Regina not only supported him, but aided in his discernment by selflessly listening to him and praying with him. He has been a priest for several decades now.

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