Our Gospel today reminds us of our particular way of Christian discipleship, our own personal and unique take of Jesus’ invitation to follow him.
As for me, having been called by Jesus as a priest is a gift like no other. I couldn’t ask for a better one.
I am sure I have already shared this before, but I just want to share this with you again. I composed this poem as a reflection on my vocation, during my 30-day Ignatian Retreat in 2009.
The title is JESUS THANKS…
Childhood cravings I have obtained
Pride and honour, I have gained
Yet only emptiness now remained
Because to eternal life, they’re not destined.
I looked for something else somewhere
But I could not find there either
I turned to God and he surprised me
For he quenched my thirst and clothed me fully.
Jesus came and took my hand
He showed to me the everlasting land
Where earthly pride, honour and riches are absent
Only love, love and love are present.
Jesus brought me back to life
He showed me the way to live a fully human life
He laid down his life for me
Asking me to follow Him in this way
So I went to find the way to die
But he said, only love the others and yourself die.
At first I was confused what he really meant
Because dying for somebody is not an accomplishment
But then when He showed to me his love
I realized, it is dying for love, makes it super and above.
Thank you Jesus for calling me today
Thank you for training me to serve you freely,
Thank you Jesus for the love you’ve shown
Because of this, I learned to share my own.