Let Him Guide You

Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 / Rv 5:11-14 / Jn 21:1-19 or Jn 21:1-14

In the days immediately following Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Apostles weren’t quite sure what to do next, so they made their way back to their boats and went fishing. And they caught nothing until Jesus intervened and showed them where the fish were. The abundant catch they made then is legendary.

But this gospel is about something a lot more important than fish. The abundant catch is a metaphor for the abundance of God’s gifts, most especially the gift of His friendship, which we call grace. And when exactly did they find that super-catch of fish? When they let the Lord, who sees all things clearly, guide them.

If we develop the habit of listening to the Lord who at every moment dwells within us, He will guide our hands and strengthen our hearts to know the good and to do it. Trust that and listen.

  • Guest

    I was wondering how do you know what God is calling you to do   I am at a lost.

  • Guest

    Such discernment is difficult.  I have only one hard and fast piece of advice:  the Lord will not call you to sin.

  • Guest

    God's will is simply your vocation. The problem arises in knowing God's will for you in this life.

     

    Vocations do not usually happen by visions or interior voices, but rather by signs — signs in your character, piety, and inclinations that the Holy Spirit is moving you.  

    For example, here are some of the signs of vocation to the piresthood:

     A genuine and constant inclination of mind to serve God as a priest. You feel attracted to the life the priest, and to ecclesiastical things. You might be interested in the liturgy, sacred dogma, or missionary work. There is something about the priesthood that draws you.

    A genuine desire to promote the glory of God and of His Church, and the salvation of souls. This is the real work of the priest, and at times demands great sacrifices. This is a true motive for becoming a priest. It would be wrong to become a priest for the wrong motive, for example, so that people would have great respect for you.

    A good moral life. One of the signs of not having a vocation is the inability to stay out of mortal sin for a long time. But this does not mean you must be a saint to consider the priesthood; it simply means that you must be serious about your spiritual life, that you frequent the sacraments, avoid occasions of sin, and lead an upright life.

    Piety. The life of a priest is a life of prayer, and part of a vocation to the priesthood is an inclination to prayer – liturgical prayer and private prayer.

    Emotional stability. The priest must be a father to all, and must bear the problems of all, and cannot himself be burdened with emotional and psychological problems.

    At least average intelligence. The priest must faithfully transmit Catholic doctrine to the faithful, and accurately diagnose their sins in the confessional. Hence he must have at least average intellectual ability to pass his seminary courses.

    Good physical health. The priest must be in good physical condition in order to carry out his work. Those who suffer from chronic illnesses or who are handicapped probably should not enter the priesthood.You can look at the signs in your own life to discern God’s will for you.

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