CALLIFIED

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 361


Reading 1 2 COR 3:4-11
Brothers and sisters:

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit

for anything as coming from us;

rather, our qualification comes from God,

who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,

not of letter but of spirit;

for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious

that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses

because of its glory that was going to fade,

how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?

For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,

the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.

Indeed, what was endowed with glory

has come to have no glory in this respect

because of the glory that surpasses it.

For if what was going to fade was glorious,

how much more will what endures be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm PS 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9
R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,

and worship at his footstool;

holy is he!

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,

and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;

they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;

they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

O LORD, our God, you answered them;

a forgiving God you were to them,

though requiting their misdeeds. 

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,

and worship at his holy mountain;

for holy is the LORD, our God.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Alleluia PS 25:4B, 5A
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Teach me your paths, my God,

and guide me in your truth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 5:17-19
Jesus said to his disciples:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter

will pass from the law,

until all things have taken place.

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments

and teaches others to do so

will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.

But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments

will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
REFLECTION: CALLIFIED

“It is not that we are entitled of ourselves to take credit for anything. Our sole credit is from God, Who has made us qualified ministers of a new covenant.” –2 Corinthians 3:5-6
Fr. Al Lauer, founder and long-time author of One Bread, One Body, was fond of teaching that it’s not so important to be qualified for a ministry but rather to be call-ified. He meant that if God has called us to a ministry, He will provide the wisdom and spiritual gifts necessary to carry out that ministry.
When we know we are called by God to a ministry and we know that God is providing what we need for that ministry, this breeds confidence. “This great confidence in God is ours, through Christ” (2 Cor 3:4). We now see ourselves as God’s co-workers (1 Cor 3:9). We know that any problems arising are His to resolve, not so much ours. So instead of worrying or stressing about the problems, we take them to Him in prayer. We listen to God for His answers. We do our best with great confidence in God, rather than in our own ability to accomplish anything. Though we are tested by both God (see 1 Thes 2:4) and others, we rejoice in Him Who called us. Thank You, Jesus, Lord of our ministry!
PRAYER: Father, open my ears to hear Your call in my life and open my heart to heed it.

PROMISE: “Whoever fulfills and teaches these commands shall be great in the kingdom of God.” –Mt 5:19

PRAISE: James, though engaged to Regina, so strongly felt the call to the priesthood that he broke off his engagement to enter the seminary. Regina not only supported him, but aided in his discernment by selflessly listening to him and praying with him. He has been a priest for several decades now.

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