All of the readings for this Sunday are steeped in the message of call, or vocation. In the Old Testament Amos says, “I was no prophet…I was a shepherd and dresser of sycamores. The Lord took me from following the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'” (AM 7:12-15) Paul is busy in Ephesus telling everyone that God “chose us …before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him…” (EPH 1:3-14) In the gospel, Jesus is sending the Twelve out on mission, giving as a first instruction that they “take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money…” (MK 6:7-13) Clearly, these were all people who knew they were called by God.
It is the gospel acclamation that brings that message down through the ages to us today in a sentence of blessing that in its fulfillment will undoubtedly keep us moving toward God. May God enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we might know what is the hope that belongs to our call. Alleluia!