The Call to Become a Light to the Nations

By Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB

Last Sunday’s reading (Is.49:3,5-6) spoke of being called to be a servant. It is the call of every baptized Christian!

In intimate terms God speaks of forming Isaiah and us as  servants, as “a light to the nations…to announce salvation to the ends of the earth,” to share the unfathomable riches of God’s love.
In the Gospel (Jn1:39-24) John the Baptist says that he came “that Christ might be known.” He prepared the hearts of the people to follow this awesome vocation of being a light that brought love, mercy, and hope to a world of darkness.

Each baptized Christian has a path to follow in life.  I chose the path of religious life because:
* The prayer life keeps me grounded in God’s love and mercy.
* My community supports, encourages, and helps me be faithful to the way I have chosen.
* Service to others gives me the opportunity to witness to and share God’s love with others and prepare them to respond to God’s call in their lives.

It can be scary to consider religious life as your vocational path, but Isaiah says, “my God will be my strength.” Why not visit us and get a glimpse of this path?

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