CALLED TO BE OURSELVES


For many are called (κλητοὶ), but few are chosen.” (Mt 22: 14)

A “calling” or “vocation” is common to all members of the “church” or “ekklesia” (from the Greek verb “ekkaleo,” which means “to call out”). We are all “called” “according to his purpose” (Rom 8: 28) for each of us, according to our specific, God-given gifts and character. But it is not easy to discern God’s voice in our lives (our specific “calling”), because we are burdened with other voices. They pull us away from being ourselves, the “selves” God wants us to be, and into a mainstream of popular masks behind which most of us feel safe.

A “vocation,” as Karl Jung defines it, is “an irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from its well-worn paths.” That is to say, it is liberating. But Jung also notes that “vocation” is "at once a charisma and a curse, because its first fruit is the conscious and unavoidable segregation of the single individual from the undifferentiated and unconscious herd. That means isolation..."

Let me ask God for courage today, to be myself, as He made me and sees me, that I may be liberated from wearing masks or trying to be someone else. Let me choose His voice today, that I may be “chosen” and liberated by Him, to be myself.

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