Then, on His journey, as He calls people to follow Him, they all have excuses (bury my Father, say good bye to family, etc.), and Jesus says “your duty is to go and spread the news of the Kingdom of God.” That’s it, in a nutshell… Our duty is to go and spread the news of the Kingdom of God. Period… in whatever vocation God has called us.
We should not expect to be called to great things… because fulfilling the duty and vocation to which we are called, with love is, indeed, GREAT! As in the life of St. Teresa of Avila that we watched last night, sometimes, simply fulfilling, in obedience and love, our duty can be far more difficult that doing big things… so, it is, in doing our duty, out of obedience and love, we are doing great things and this spreads love, which is the Kingdom of God… the good news. Jesus is love.
Our vocation, our duty is hard… and on trying days, we may just not feel up to the challenge. We can get tired because at times our children are more trying than others. They act their age... We may actually look up to heaven and say “I don’t feel like being a Mom today”… However, we can say it with a contrite heart, because, we are sorry for feeling that way and know that we need Heaven’s help… but we cannot change how we feel. We can only look to the one true source of comfort, knowing that we will be heard, and with faith in our prayers, we can be assured help will come. Heaven is always near.
God may be asking us to flex our spiritual muscles and grow in holiness, through the fires of sanctification, but we must stand firm, as patiently as seemingly possible, and stay true to our family standards and house rules. Oh how easy it would be to turn a blind eye. That is not what God is asking of us. Our duty is to raise saints, and God-willing… become one in the process…
As Blessed Mother Teresa says:
"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."