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Saturday, January 14
Righteousness tests should be left behind
Ever considered serving the church via a vocation to religious life only to conclude you couldn’t “measure up” to the challenge or that you somehow were not “worthy” of the calling? It is no accident that Vocation Awareness Week closes with a gospel passage in today’s Mass readings highlighting the fact that Jesus called to discipleship those whom his society and its religious leaders considered to be unworthy sinners and outcasts. The truth is, all are called to serve in some way. There is no test for righteousness you have to pass first. Rather than focus on your shortcomings, take some time to consider how your gifts, skills, and interests can serve humanity and the church.
TODAY’S READINGS: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a; Mark 2:13-17 (310)
“Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples.”