“[F]ly to the closet of your heart, and there most earnestly implore the divine assistance.” (IC 3,38,2) | “Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.” (1 Cor 1:26)

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, Book III Chapter XXXVIII: “The Good Government of Ourselves in Exterior Things and of having Recourse to God in Dangers” (third entry)

Kempis draws a comparison to Moses recourse to the tabernacle and prayer when difficulties arose with his challenging flock during their forty year sojourn on the way to the Promised Land. We are to imitate this patriarch when begging help from the Lord.

|Today’s first reading: 1 Cor 1:26-31

The words above begin today’s excerpt from Paul. He continues the theme of the “foolishness of God” by speaking of those God chooses (the foolish, weak, lowly, despised, and those of no account) to shame the wise, the strong, and “those who are something.” This, so no one can boast about himself. Rather, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.

|Reflection

“Consider your own calling.” Wise words. Generally, we tend to believe such advice is for the young regarding career choice or vocation. But this directive of Paul applies to everyone above the age of reason: seven to one hundred seven. We are all called daily to listen to God and to do His will. It is worth contemplating how we are to live out our professed Christianity in the long term. But we must also reflect on our sacred duties day in and day out. How do we fully live as “other Christs” in the world moment by moment? We must learn to keep this at the forefront in our every thought, word, and deed.

“Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34) is a tall order, but it is a commandment and it is our calling. Let us “earnestly implore the divine assistance” in this endeavor.

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