Trust is Foundational to Discerning Your Vocation
This past weekend as two of our brothers in Holy Cross were ordained priests, I was reminded about how much trust is involved in seeking after and responding to God’s call.
As they prepared for their ordination, Fr. Pat Reidy, C.S.C. and Fr. Adam Booth, C.S.C. did not know where this journey would take them. They were not agreeing to a life that was clearly mapped out. They had come to understand that Christ was inviting them to serve the Church as His priests, and they gave their life over to this. They let go of setting their own course and opened themselves to allowing the Lord to set the course.
To be able to do this requires a great deal of trust in the Lord. On a regular basis I have conversations with young men who have a desire to follow the Lord. Yet when it comes to letting go, they hesitate. Everyone does. We instinctually pull back. To open up and allow someone else to take the lead puts one in a vulnerable position. Even with the Lord, we do not like to be vulnerable. We worry about what will happen to us. Will Christ lead us where we don’t want to go? Will we miss out on something along the way? Will we find happiness in what He is leading us to?
We can know in our mind that it is good to follow the Lord. Yet doing so can be difficult. It is only when we develop a true trust in the Lord that we will be able to let go and follow. The good news is that Christ is indeed trustworthy.
There are three primary points to reflect on in recognizing that Christ is trustworthy: He knows us, He loves us, and He desires our good.
Christ knows us. Before we were formed in our mother’s womb, we have been known. We do not always recognize this, but God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our strengths and weaknesses. He knows what we can handle and where we will find joy. He knows us through and through.
Christ loves us. Not only are we known but in that full knowledge, Christ loves us. Even with our weaknesses and imperfections, we are loved by Christ. The witness that comes through His life, ministry and teaching all points to His great love for his people. And this is not just for his people in a general sense. It is for each of us. His sacrifice on the cross was for us. His invitation into fullness of life is for us. His love is for us.
Christ desires our good. In His knowledge and love, Christ desires our good. All of His efforts from the beginning of time have been directed toward our salvation; toward drawing us into fullness of life in Him. Christ is not just looking for people to do His will. We are invited to do His will because His will is the path to the greatest good for our life.
It is true that we do not know what will come of us if we turn our life over to the Lord. It is true that He may lead us to places that we would not go if it were up to us. It is true that we may miss out on some things if we accept His offer. Yet what we do know is that Christ has the desire and the capacity to draw us into fullness of life in Him. This is His intention. This is why we place our trust in Him and follow.
Following the Lord does indeed require a great deal of trust. Yet there is no one else more worthy of that trust; for there is no one more capable of bringing our life to its greatest fulfillment.
Excerpt from the Prayer of Ordination
But in these last days, holy Father, You sent Your Son into the
world, Jesus, who is Apostle and High Priest of our confession.
Through the Holy Spirit He offered himself to You as a spotless
victim; and He made His Apostles, consecrated in the truth,
sharers in His mission.
You provided them also with companions to proclaim and carry
out the work of salvation throughout the world.
And now we beseech you Lord, in our weakness, to grant us
these helpers that we need to excercise the Priesthood that come
from the Apostles.
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