OJT – Good News for January 24

24 01 2010

Luke 4:14-21

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

The Daily Path: I’d like to share an excerpt from Fr. Richard Rohr’s works on St. Paul: Great Themes of Paul – Life As Participation…

“God calls whom God calls, it seems, and the preparation comes afterwards when we actually do the task!  This is the paradigmatic pattern for all faith journeys.”

As I reflect on what Rohr states, it seems that there is a lot of on-the-job training that occurs following conversion, re-conversion, epiphany, revelation, or whatever you want to name God’s call. In my case, God found a most unworthy candidate for enlistment. I often feel like the kid who climbs off the bus at Army boot camp. You barely know enough to respond when the drill sergeant lines you up and takes roll call.

There are many of us who have been called by God. Some have joined the formal ranks and will go through basic training to serve as a religious. Others will be called to work formally bringing glad tidings to the poor of body and spirit. Then there are those of us who will do their best to stay on the journey. To follow the path with our eyes and ears open, hopefully learning each step of the way. Perhaps inspiring others to join us on the road.



2 responses

24 01 2010
Dr Joy

That’s a fact Jack!

24 01 2010

As always, your thoughts resonate in my heart and mind. Thank you my friend.

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