Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Vocation: The Coincidence of Your Gifts and Passions And The Deepest Needs Of Your Neighbour


The tendency is to limit the circle of those we are to be concerned with. But if God has counted every hair on our heads, it is difficult to see how I can exclude you from the circle of my neighbour. This is hardly something new, but it must be said because in practice we don't do it. The lawyer who, in trying to justify himself and his question, says to Jesus, "Who is my neighbour?" is not thinking (at least at that stage) that the circle would include absolutely everyone. Even your enemy. (Lk 10:29-37; cf Matt 5:43-48)

This is important for a whole lot of reasons, including the obvious like peace and justice. But it is also important when discerning vocation. Our deepest vocation is to be found in the coincidence of our gifts, skills and passions and the deepest needs of our neighbour.

Please stop, please!
Silence!
Listen to the beating of your heart.
Listen to the blowing of the wind,
the movement of the Spirit.
Be silent - said the Lord -
and know that I am God.
And listen to the cry of the voiceless.
Listen to the groaning of the hungry.
Listen to the pain of the landless.
Listen to the sigh of the oppressed,
and to the laughter of the children.

Celebrating One World (CAFOD 1989)


2 comments:

stephen clark said...

I agree with this general sentiment. And think (as usual) it is perceptive.
However, where is God in all this?
Can I suggest:
we discern in the coincidence of our gifts, skills and passions and the deepest needs of our neighbour.
what God already knows about us and calls us to respond to.

Warren Huffa said...

Yes, I like your addition.