Let God look at them. And let God look at you.
- Do you have keys on your person or near at hand? Go get them. Hold the key or multiple keys in your hand. Look at them. Feel the weight of them. Notice their shape, size, colour, temperature, and anything else about them.
- What are they for? What associations do they have for you? How do they describe your life, responsibilities, gifts, burdens?
- Hold them. Look at them. Let God look at them. And let God look at you.
- The world is full of need. We can easily become paralysed in the face of so many needs and demands, oppressed by the weight of it all, unable to see a path through dark woods. Jesus reminds us that he is that path. As he says in John’s Gospel:
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
Each of us has a particular way of giving witness to Jesus because of our unique experience of him
- Jesus is the way, or the path, or the key that opens the gates of the Kingdom. Jesus gave the keys of the Kingdom of heaven to Peter. In some sense we all share in that vocation given to Peter. God gives to each of us a way of opening a door for other people. The way is always the same Jesus. And yet, each one of us has a particular way of giving witness to Jesus because of our unique experience of him. A unique key.
- What is it that you have seen in Jesus, that you want to share with the world?
- Your particular personality, your gifts, your circumstances, YOU, can reveal something new about Jesus. You can show something about him that has not quite been seen. This could be a key that unlocks a door for others.
- When Jesus calls a person, it is always to be a disciple – this is the universal call. It is also to be the disciple you are particularly called to be. This is your particular call. This idea was championed by Herbert Alfonso in his fine book: The Personal Vocation. He argued that a clue – or might we say – a key to your personal vocation is whatever gives you life, and energy, and brings light to your own soul. Confirmation will be if it is also fruitful for others in various ways.
Talk to God
Discernment invites me to consider where we are being called to find my own creative way of loving
- So, what is it that brings you life and light and energy? Talk to Jesus about this. Is there a key here to your own personal vocation?
- Vocation is always about being with Jesus and being sent out by him.
- Discernment invites me to consider where we are being called to find my own creative way of loving. Since I cannot do everything, what is it in particular that I might do in this world of need? Which door does God want me to unlock? This is personal vocation. It is in relationship with Jesus, the Key, that we are most able to discover how this personal vocation wants to express itself in our lives. Jesus unlocks something in us so that the door is opened to our particular way of loving. This is why Jesus is himself the key to the Kingdom of heaven that always wants to come to earth, incarnating in each of us, in me, as I hear his call and respond to him.
- Do you know what your personal vocation is? Ask Jesus to show you.
Lord and Ruler,
Root of Jesse,
Key of David,
King of the Nations,
Emmanuel, Come Lord Jesus.