Homilette for 10/9/18 by Fr. Michael Casagram

+Even though we have the scriptural readings for Ordinary time for this morning as we off Eucharist for vocations, they are especially appropriate for the day. We have the moving account of St Paul about his own vocation, of when God “who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles..” God can call us amid unexpected circumstances.

Each one of us gathered here by reason of his or her Baptism has been set apart, called by God to give daily witness to Christ by reason of our Baptism and all the more so if we have taken religious vows. We may not realize this as personally as Paul did but this does not mean our calling is any less real and significant for the Church, the whole people of God.

Like Martha and Mary, we too are to welcome Christ into our homes, into our hearts daily so that he may find rest for himself and enjoy our friendship. Christ may have to say to us as he did to Martha, “you are anxious and worried about many things,” but there is only one thing that is really important and this is to sit at my side, at my feet and to listen. The listening heart finds his or her true vocation as St Benedict reminds us, for then our hearts are one with Christ’s own love and service.

Gal. 1:13-24;  Luke 10:38-42