My following of Jesus was nothing extraordinary. I didn’t consider myself qualified, worthy or deserving of the call ... it was all a coincidence.
Jesus never calls us when it’s perfectly convenient. No, he calls precisely when we are in the middle of living our lives. All he asks for in response is a reply of love.
Just as Jesus selected his disciples, he asks us to trust and follow him. If we love him more than ourselves, we can follow him at once. His call to each of us is a reflection of God’s profound love and trust for human nature. We just have to pay attention and respond.
There is no “perfect” time for Jesus to call you. There will always be laundry, work, heartache, and other distractions. Amidst the busyness of daily life, talk with your family about the importance of listening and responding to Jesus’ call.
I pray you and your family immediately follow your own call. God bless.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.