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FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Brothers and Sisters,

Today we hear about how God chooses people for particular missions within the Church and about how God chooses all of us who believe to give witness to Him. Far too often we have no sense of
being called or a sense that God might be asking something of us.
Instead, God calls each one of us and invites us to follow Him and to proclaim His message to others.
The first reading today is from the Prophet Amos. The Prophet Amos tells us: “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The Lord took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” Most of us have no sense of being called.
By our baptism, each of us is called to take up this same role and to be priest, king and prophet. We are called to be priests because we are called to intercede for others.
We are called to be kings because we are called to serve others. We are called to be prophets because the word of God must be proclaimed by us. We should never confuse this form of priesthood with the ordained priest. Prophecy does not come from us but is a matter of our proclaiming the word of God and what it means for our world.
The second reading today is from the Letter to the Ephesians and we are this: “In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.” We are called, we have been chosen. Why? For His glory, for the praise of His glory. We have heard the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation, and have believed in him and have been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. The Gospel of Mark today tells us about the role of the twelve. They are called. They are chosen. They are sent out. They are given a mission. How much easier for us if God
only chose them and not us! How much easier for us if only the pope, the bishops and the priests must have  responsibilities for preaching and spreading the word of God and the joy of His Church! Instead, we are a chosen people and the pope and the bishops and the priests are only there to serve the whole Church which is all of us.
In the Second Vatican Council sought to renew the Church so that all believers could recognize the dignity of one another.

Through the Council we were invited to recognize, not as something new but as something that had always been taught but not always understood—that all of us who believe are the Church and that within the Church there are various roles but those roles don’t make anyone better or worse.
Today we are invited, each one of us, to recognize our own calling and to seek to know what God asks of us in order to spread.

Father Jesus