Scripture Readings today are taken from the Readings of the First Sunday in Lent
1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25: 4-9
2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1:12-15
Sorry about the late post tonight!
I just started reading this wonderful book by Edward Hahnenberg called Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers and one of the first things that jumped out at me was the Table of Contents. The chapter headings, when put together, make a fantastic definition of vocation:
Called, by God, Through Christ, In the Spirit, With Others, For Others.
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and praying with this phrase lately, and this morning at Mass I couldn’t help but think of the phrase as a theme for today’s readings.
The first reading shows how God establishes a covenant with Noah and his sons after the flood. The covenant isn’t just for Noah and his family though. The covenant is meant for every living creature. The 2nd reading and Gospel show how Christ lived the Paschal Mystery not for a chosen few, but for all of us. And here is the important reflection I want to share today. Our call by God to the vocation of ministry to young people is meant to be shared. Our lives are supposed to be an invitation (both in word and deed) to our young people to live a life befitting a Son or Daughter of God. The covenant that God continually invites us to as youth ministers requires us to constantly remember and remind others who they are and whose they are. We are to be Signs and Bearers of God’s love for young people.
Is your life an invitation to vocation for your young people?