There are many biblical passages that recount the call from the Lord to be a prophet or the call from the Lord to be holy or the call from Jesus to follow him.
God called Moses at the burning bush to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to the promised land.
God called Jonah to preach to the great city of Nineveh telling them that if they didn’t change their ways, the city would be destroyed.
In the first reading today we hear the story of the call of the Prophet Amos. Amos was working as a herdsman in his native land of Judaea when he heard God calling him.
God called Amos to leave those pasture lands and go to Israel to challenge the sophisticated priests and rulers at Bethel.
In the Gospel we hear the story of Jesus calling the Twelve Apostles. Jesus sent them out to proclaim the good news of repentance, a call to holiness.
We think this call to holiness is for someone else, for the prophets, for the Apostles, for the saints of old, for grandma but not for me.
But the truth is, God calls ordinary folks to do extraordinary things. And this call to holiness is a call for all the baptized.
In the Bible we hear the call from God to holiness over and over again. These stories capture our attention. We think only others are called to holiness but the truth is God calls each one of us by name.
Matthew Kelly, founder of Dynamic Catholic, says that we have come to believe that holiness is only possible for someone else.
He challenges us to create holy moments each day of our lives. What is a holy moment? It is a moment where you are being the person God created you to be and doing what God has called you to do in that moment.
If we can create one holy moment each day, then we can also create two. Once we learn how, we can do it over again. And by learning to string these holy moments together we can, in time, learn how to lead holy lives.
This weekend, we have heard two stories of this call to holiness. We should be able to write our own call story. It could be modeled off the story of the Prophet Amos:
I was doing “this” when I heard the voice of the Lord God calling me to go do “that” instead. I objected but God sent the Holy Spirit upon me so that I would have to courage and strength to answer the call.
If you had to write the story of your call to holiness, how would it go?