|Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on February 3, 2016 at 3:40 AM|
He had been convicted for seven years in prison for sexually molesting his own niece, a girl of fourteen. Interestingly Marvin (not his real name) became very active at the Bible study sessions in the prison. He also completed a couple of correspondence courses on the Bible and was feeling a strong call to be a minister in his church when released. However, that thought sometimes tormented Marvin because he was most aware of his unworthiness. Would he be found deserving of that ministry? How would the established Church respond? Would anyone sit down to listen to him preach? Those were his fears and he was puzzled. Could a person accused of being a child molester become the vehicle of the word of God?
Similar thoughts came to haunt Isaiah the prophet, so much so, he said “I am a man of unclean lips, living among people of unclean lips” (Is 6:5). Paul the apostle also felt unworthy “because I persecuted the church of God” (1Cor 15:9). Peter, when encountered by the Divine power of Jesus the Lord, blurted out “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Lk 5:8). All these men were empowered and made worthy by the Lord God. The Lord’s call is almost always directed to the unworthy. It is He who uplifts the undeserving and enables the incompetent.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 6:1-2, 3-8; 1Cor 15:1-11; Lk 5:1-11