You shall call nations that you know not.

This post is a day late by the civil calendar, but according to the calendar of the Church it’s still technically Easter Sunday because we’re in the octave!

If you went to the Easter Vigil Mass, you may have heard the following reading from Isaiah 55:

“Ho, every one who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.
Behold, you shall call nations that you know not,
    and nations that knew you not shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has glorified you.”

Take this verse to prayer this week; there is great theological depth in it, especially as one discerns a vocations.  Like David, God is calling you to be a witness to the peoples, whether He is calling you to priesthood, a religious vocation, or married life.  Recall that God made you and know the deepest desires of your heart better than you do – He can satisfy them better than any worldly allurement, and will do that through the vocation He has given you.

 

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