Vocation: Be a Loving Word of God Continued
Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora explains her understanding of “vocation” and “call” based on Scripture and St. Bonaventure’s writings.
Creation was “spoken” into existence. Even more especially, the human person was “spoken” into existence, and each human person is still “spoken” into natural existence by our loving Father. Hence, we say, in a certain sense, that all of creation, and in a special way the human person, IS a loving word of God the Father in and for the world. For the creatures of the visible world signify the invisible things of God. (Bonaventure, Souls Journey Into God, II, 12) Each human person is a loving word of God to the world…and if we are a loving word, we are our vocation.
The Psalmist give voice to his amazement at the grandeur of God’s having called him into existence when he says: When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, that you set in place–What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet. (Ps 8:4-7)
God, not satisfied at “speaking” the human person into natural existence, “speaks” us into supernatural existence! At our baptism, God the Father “speaks” us into supernatural existence, through the ministry of the Church, transforming our very normal selves, body and soul, into a place where the Trinity dwells. While all of creation bears traces or vestiges of God’s power, baptism transforms the human person into a place where God’s own personal presence abides.
By our baptism, we are transformed into a loving word of God the Father that is loaded with supernatural grace and capacity..if we but had the faith of a mustard seed!
Our vocation, then, revealed in our creation and in our baptism, is not something that we “get”, but it is who we are. By our creation, we are and exist to be a loving Word of God in and for the world. By our baptism, we are and exist to be the ground for a unique personal presence of God in the Church and in the world. Before any one of us speaks a loving word to others, or shows our love to others through loving deeds, each of us IS a loving word to God the Father. This realization is the root of all self-respect and self-love by which we express our dignity as human persons…and it is the root of all service offered within and by the church.
What’s your understanding of vocation?
Look for future postings on Discernment, Consecration, Witness and Evangelical consecration and Baptism.