Over a year ago, Lisa and I posed the question “How well do you know your parish priests?” Within days of that post, a letter from my church arrived on a busy afternoon. I only half-glanced at it, thinking it a form letter probably asking for donations, then dropped the folded letter into my work back side sleeve “to read later,” and promptly forgot about it.
About ten days later, someone I knew slightly from the elementary school PTA stopped me after Mass to express her surprise that I wasn’t at the meeting earlier that week. “What meeting?” I asked.
Apparently the “form letter” I so casually set aside invited me, personally, to an informational meeting in response to my nomination to Pastoral Council. Embarrassed to admit that I not only hadn’t read the letter entirely, but also had no idea of the present whereabouts of the letter, I stammered something in reply. She encouraged me to find the letter and attend the second meeting.
From my first year of service on Pastoral Council, I’ve experienced what happens when we heed God’s call. I’ve learned that God’s call is not about me at all. It’s about accepting His will with humility, even though we are occasionally uncomfortable or unsure about the path. We yield ourselves to Him, allowing Him to work through us to help others. And in return, He fulfills our own needs.
Be open to discerning God’s call in your own life. Sometimes God doesn’t just call…. He sends someone to give you a push.