“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel (ἀφωρισμένος εἰς εὐαγγέλιον) of God which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including yourselves who are called to Jesus Christ; To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints (κλητοῖς ἁγίοις): Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 1: 1-7)
I recently listened to the Harvard commencement-speech given by Mark Zuckerberg, the young Facebook-CEO. Zuckerberg observed that many people today increasingly lack “a sense of higher purpose,” which he defined as “the sense that you are a part of something bigger.” “It’s up to us,” Zuckerberg went on to say, “to create it” (the sense of higher purpose).
Today let me thank God that I don’t need the Facebook-CEO, nor any other human being, including myself, to “create” for me “a sense of higher purpose.” Because all of us are already “called” to be “saints” (ἁγίοις, those belonging to God), which literally means, we are all “called to belong to God.” Our true purpose, one not concocted by man, but God-given, lies in belonging to One, unchangeable Creator, and in Him to one another. In practical terms, I nurture this sense of “belonging” and pursue this “purpose” by re-discovering and renewing it, on a daily basis, by re-connecting with Him and staying close to His word, in His one Body. “Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” To You, O Lord!