Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Reading 1:Jer. 20:10-13; Ps. 18: 2-7; Gospel: Jn. 10:31-42
In the movie ‘Evan Almighty’ there is a particular point where the protagonist, a reputed modern American politician-turned builder of the Ark (at God’s command) is questioned by the reporters, “What makes you so sure that God chose you (to build the ark)?” Evan replies, “He chose all of us!”
Most often we are so convinced that God only chooses the prophets and saints, we forget our baptismal grace by which, each of us is a child of God. That each of us have a vocation. Therefore everytime a person claims to be a messenger of God, we smirk, we frown, we mock. Jesus offers us a simple remedy to verify the authenticity claims of anyone: do the works lead me to understand and believe in the Father. Even if the answer is no, we can still take it to remind ourselves of the grace we already are blessed with: being a child of God. Or use the occasion to discern our vocation, what God really wants of us.