|Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on January 9, 2016 at 4:50 AM|
“Do you mean you heard a voice from heaven?” I inquired. “Yes, I did” He asserted. Apparently the beggar-woman holding a baby had just told Paul that she had absolutely no means to raise that baby. “Pick up that baby” the voice had said to him. That’s exactly what he did, taking that baby home. Today, he has thirty such orphans at home. It became his call and that of his family. I met Paul a few years back in India. The ministry of this man with a mission is well appreciated today. Does God have a plan for me? What does God want me to do? These questions are more relevant than the query, ‘what do I want to do with my life?’
Jesus was called to his God-given mission in the context of baptism. After baptism, the Holy Spirit descended on him and a voice from heaven was heard (Lk 3:21-22). That’s how Jesus received his mission as Son of God. God does have a plan for us and He wants us to make a difference in the world. It is heard through a voice from heaven in the context of prayer. Without listening to that voice we’ll never be sure of our mission.
The Baptism of the Lord Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-39; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22