Sooner, Not Later

Daily ReadingsFifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Is 6:1-2A, 3-8 / 1 Cor 15:1-11 / Lk 5:1-11

When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. [Lk 5:11]

West and I were both struck by common themes in this Sunday’s readings. There’s an obvious thread related to human beings (honestly) declaring themselves unworthy of God, yet being found worthy anyway because that is the nature of God. There’s a related theme about confessing belief in God as a part of the declaration of unworthiness. And the Word Among Us notes a more generic theme about the prevalence of grace in general.

But the theme I heard the strongest wasn’t any of those. Instead, I heard the combination of today’s echo verse with Isaiah 6:8:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”

I’ve mentioned in previous entries that West and I have plans for a ministry or an apostolate. The reason I haven’t been more specific about it, is because we still really only have vague ideas of what it’s supposed to be. For the moment, that hasn’t bothered either of us, because we know we need to get ourselves more financially stable before we can start working on it.

That’s the reasonable and prudent thing to do, anyway, and makes a lot of sense.

But today it almost sounds like we’re being told: “quit dithering and go do it!” This instruction seems especially loud given that both our job situations are in considerable flux, and emphasized by the fact that neither of us are particularly panicked about it (even though conventional wisdom says we should be). In fact, I mused aloud to him, it’s almost as if the timing was God saying, “Okay, you’re done with this part of your life. Put it away neatly, because it’s time to move on to the next thing.”

Of course, that doesn’t address a lot of the practicalities, and it doesn’t bring any more clarity to what we should be doing. But it does seem to make it clear that we’re going to be doing it sooner rather than later.

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