All the three Scripture readings for this Sunday highlight persons who were sinners, but God chose them to be his Prophets and Apostles by cleansing their sins. Isiah’s sinful lips were cleansed with the divine fire from heaven, and thus he was commissioned to be a Prophet. Peter confessed his sinfulness before Jesus, and he was chosen to be the leader of the fishers of men. Paul first persecuted the early Christians, but Jesus converted him into the greatest Apostle to the Gentiles.
One of the barriers we all feel is the sense of unworthiness when we are called to serve. But God wants us to know that it is perfectly okay to be human and ordinary. Scripture has plenty of examples to show that God does not call the qualified but qualifies the called. What God wants from us is our consent and faithfulness to the call.
St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “True greatness lies not in doing extraordinary things but in doing ordinary things with extraordinary love.” You never know what marvels God can do through you if you allow God’s Grace to work in you!
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS