God Has Called Me By Name
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Liturgy of the Word in this Second Sunday in the Ordinary Time provides us with a rich impression of how the Lord God loves and cares for us.
God crated us in His own image, by giving us the breath of His life which animates our understanding of His greatness, our gratitude for His love, and our freedom to do His Holy Will.
The All-loving Father in heaven goes further in calling us to Him in order that we may know how much He loves and cares for us.
His love has overcome our unfaithfulness. After having fallen into sin, we lost the grace of union with God, the very source of our life. God did not abandon us sinners in the hand of the forces of evil, but He made the first move to rescue us from the slavery of sin and death. God’s plan of salvation for us has claimed the life of His Only Son, Jesus Christ.
God wants His saving power to reach as many sinners as possible. This is why He continues to call us, as He did in the past, to carry on the proclamation of the message of Divine Mercy to all peoples.
This mission of announcing the Good News of God’s saving love Christ wants to entrust to each one of us, His disciples, personally and confidentially.
Christ calls the brothers Andrew and Peter by their names, the way the Lord God called the boy Samuel. Christ gives Peter a new name to mean that he is now a new person, empowered with God’s blessing to share His saving love with others.
Today, Christ’s calling of new disciples goes on in this Sunday gathering in His name when we listen to Him speak through the reading of Sacred Scripture. Christ still invites each and one of us, personally and confidentially, “Come and you will see.”
Whether we hear His call or not remains a personal and confidential question.
How would we react to the mission of introducing God’s saving message to the world remains an open question.
Only one thing we are sure of that the Lord God, through His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, is calling us by names.