You are Chosen
Have you ever wondered what you are meant to do in your life? What career is best, who you will marry, where you're going to live? Being human people, we have a tendency to question everything, as we always will have a questioning nature. It's the reason so many question the existence of God: we need to know the answers.
In this song by Francesca Battistelli "Free to be Me", (one of my absolute favourite songs), she touches on the idea that we are all unique in our own nature, some (such as myself) tend to be on the clumsier side and unsure of where we fit in. However, no matter how hard we try to "fit the pieces together", we cannot know our destiny, only God. The only thing we can know for certain is that God made each and every one of us unique, and perfect in His image. Have you ever heard the phrase "Imagio Dei"? This comes from Latin, meaning "image of God". Each of us were created by God in His image. Therefore, we share a piece of God in us, and are each unique and special to Him.
Through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we are given the gift of freedom, a free life to live by the grace of God, and are given the freedom to choose how we live, freedom from sin as long as we choose to focus on Christ. What a great gift! Who needs to know what the future holds as long as you know today, here and now, you are free, and are held dear to God.
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus appoints his 12 followers. He doesn't need to hold 'try-outs' or test to see if they would make worthy apostles. He knows them, he has, like God, already chosen each unique person, no matter their past, or future. It says in scripture: "And he went up on the mountain, and called to him those whom he desired" (Mark 3:13). He desires them, an intense love for them to know and follow him, as he already has loved them since before they existed in the world. Each of us, no matter our faults, quirks, clumsiness and doubts about the future are called to follow God enter into this loving relationship that He has had for us since before time, before our very existence. What are we waiting for?
Today's prayer is a prayer of Gratitude (by 'Explore Faith's Prayers for Living'):
Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank you for all that is good in my life.
My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.
I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. When my heart feels stretched and empty, and pools of tears form in my weary eyes, still I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.
In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love. Amen