How do priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters help us hear God’s call in our lives? First of all God will call us all in many different ways. It is whether we answer his call that truly matters. Some may need the help to answers God’s call. This is when a priest, deacon, or religious brother or sister steps in. They help us realize that we need God for life. We should honor God’s call and listen to what God wants us to do.
Who can be called by God to do his ministry? Well, the truth of the matter is anyone can be called by God. What matters is who answers the call. If you listen and put your full faith and trust in God anything is possible. Some people will not listen to God. Some people merely need to be talked to by another human being.
For some people this is where the priest comes in. Mainly for men this is where the priest comes in. Say you are on a stroll with a friend and he asks you to start a conversation not knowing he may be doing this out of the work and ministry of God. He asks, “How do priests help us hear God’s call in our lives.” You answer his question like this… Each priest is a person or merely a pebble in the destiny and work of God. As a priest you are in charge of making sure that each one of God’s children in your parish or even around the world receive Jesus. You must preach to them and help them understand the Bible. You must listen to their sins as if you are their close family (which you are in God’s mind) and teach them how to instead of doing wrong show them how to do right. Be an example of how God wants you to live a holier life. In the long run priest are like the leader of a line. They lead us to God and help be the example of how a follower of God lives their lives.
Deacons also play an important role in the church. They follow the corporal works of mercy by feeding the hungry…setting the example for me to do the same. Bishops help me be a faithful servant of God’s people. They help others out of the kindness of their heart.
Last, but not least, religious brothers and sisters. I am fortune enough to have a Benedictine Sister teach me religion. She teaches us to love God and serve God’s people. She helps me open doors. That other wise I would not see. For that I thank her. Meditation is just one of the ways that Sr. Nicolette helps me get closer to God.
We are all called to love God and serve God’s people. We never give them enough credit. So thank you religious brothers, sisters, deacons, and priests. God has blessed us all each day.