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of the call. That tradition includes
Moses at the burning bush, hesitant
and tongue-tied; Amos, the herder
of sheep and dresser of sycamores,
never thinking of himself as called
to anything religious; isaiah struck
mute by a sense of his own sinfulness, having his lips purified by a
burning coal in a temple vision.
There is Hosea, crushed by the
failure of his marriage, drawing from
his own suffering an insight into
God’s enduring love for him and his
people; Jeremiah hesitant and fearful, too young for this sort of thing,
called by a God who would never
abandon him; Mary of nazareth, still
a young woman challenged to a calling beyond imagination.
All of us, i think, can reflect on
these different but authentic dimensions of our life. on one level we are
driven by factors outside of us: world
events, the economy, the changing
face of the church, the movements of
culture and history, the encouragement of friends and mentors. And we
surely need wise and caring people
to help us sort through such experiences and to make sense of them.
Like Paul, we need people to help us
shed our blindness and see our life
and the people around us from the
perspective of our Christian faith.
Driven to proclaim the gospel
We can learn something else from
our brother Paul. Paul channeled all
of his life force into the fulfillment
of his God-given mission. This is
one of the intriguing mysteries of
Paul’s life. From the very first moment of his encounter with the risen