The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Albert Einstein

 One day I was walking my Black Labrador Retriever at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. Sutton was one of those dogs full of energy that needed lots of exercise. As we walked, we passed a number of runners who were enjoying a beautiful winter day in the park. And then I had a thought, “Maybe I should try running with Sutton? It would take care of his high energy and give me an opportunity for some exercise…” Next day I visited the Running Room Store, got some advice and gear; and an amazing journey of running began! Everything started with a simple prompting of a thought, “Maybe I should try…”

 Have you ever had a movement in your heart when you felt like God was calling you to do something or changed the way you were doing things? And if you ever took the steps to embrace it and make it real, amazing things happened in life. We can see this movement in the beginning of the Gospel reading this weekend, “As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts…” (Luke 3:15) That was the first step in their life towards a life-changing encounter with Christ. It started with a prompting of the heart, expectations and questioning, moved by curiosity… After all, “Curiosity has its own reason for existing”.

 On June 12, 2005 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, gave the commencement address in Stanford University: “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So, keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

 The journey of discernment of our purpose, meaning and vocation in life begins with recognizing and answering the prompting of the heart. When God is calling us, it requires our answer with curiosity and courage, to “keep looking until we find it”. Are you ready to take the first step? It will change your life forever!

 By Jarek Pachocki OMI

Vocation Director

Prepare the way for the Lord

In today's Gospel, we note Luke's attention to political and historical detail. Luke lists the political and religious leaders at the time of John's appearance in the desert. Why does Luke go to such a great length to provide us with these historical data? Scholars identify two motives: by planting the history of salvation firmly in the history of the word, Luke establishes the authenticity of his account. What he writes is not a work of imagination. That Jesus was born lived, died, and rose in history. Secondly, Luke strongly believed that the message of salvation that Jesus brought was not limited to a particular group or people. All flesh will see the salvation of God,” Luke stresses the universal aspect of God’s salvation.

Today we find John the Baptist traveling in the region of Jordan, exhorting, and inviting every Jews to prepare themselves morally and spiritually to receive the Messiah. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by repentance and reform of our lives. Advent is a season given to us for repentance, renewal, reformation, and reconciliation with Creator. We are called to experience ‘metanoia’- an inner conversion, a turning from evil and turning to good. St Pope Paul VI states, “We must aim above all at an inner renewal, a liberation from the mere following of conventions, a departure in our way of thinking. More than anything else, we must lament our shortcomings before God and the community of our brothers and sisters. We must renew the self-understanding each must have of himself or herself as a child of God, as a Christian, as a member of the Church.”

Prophet Baruch, St. Paul and John the Baptist are all pointers to God’s salvation. Am I a pointer, too? Do my words, deeds, point out to God who comes in our everyday lives? We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did.

Advent is a time of hope, and of openness to change - a change not only in our outfits or approach but a true renewal of hearts and minds. In the words of Cardinal Newman: “To be human is to change. To be perfect is to have changed often.” The Advent season reminds us that we must be always ready to receive the Lord when he comes. We must prepare a straight path for the Lord, removing all obstacles which stand in the Lord’s way preventing him from coming. Let the season of Advent be a time when we look forward with great expectation to the coming of the Lord, trusting that He will do great wonders in our life. Let us prepare ourselves morally and spiritually to receive him.

Behold your God, he is coming.

By Vijay Deivanayagam,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   OMIVocation Team – Central                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (431) 373-6342                                                                                                                                                                                                                     














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