God to get Moses to answer his call. Moses knew that it would be difficult to lead the Israelitesout of Egypt and he hesitated many times when called by God but eventually he answered thecall. He surrendered himself and his way of thinking to God who knows what is best.EZEKIELEzekiel’s message, while clearly communal in its concern, is addressed, more than was pre-exilic prophecy, to the individual. “O house of Israel,” says the God of Ezekiel, “I will judge all of youaccording to your ways” (Ezekiel 33:20b).
the story is told of Elijah’s encounter with the prophets of Baal and its aftermath. Here we see thecontrast between, on the one hand, the overpowering public display of an Almighty God, who— 16 Vocation as in days of yore—answered with fire, proving his presence in outwarddemonstration of his power and, on the other hand, his private answer to Elijah. On Mount Horeb,however, all of the old signs—the great natural powers—are on display. First is the great wind,then the earthquake, and finally a fire. But the text reveals that the Lord was not in any of thesethings. Instead, “after the fire a still small voice.” It was in this small voice that only Elijah couldhear that the Lord was authentically present (1 Kings 19).
MARY (LUKE CHAPTER 1 VERSES 26-38)The story of the Annunciation is probably well known to us. It is a story of faith and trust in God by a young girl whom he calls for a unique task - that of giving birth to Jesus, who enters into time and space as true God and true man. The first thing that wecan learn from this story then is that it is a great privilege to bechosen by God to serve him in a special way. And what is Mary’s response? Saint Luke tells usthat she was disturbed by the angel’s words and wonders whyshe has been chosen, but the angel reassures her that this is God’s will and she has nothing tofear. “I am the handmaid of the Lord,” replies Mary, “let whatyou have said be done to me.” Despite the responsibilities, consequences and difficulties that willcome her way as a result of saying “Yes” to God, Maryaccepts what he has in mind for her because she knows that she is called to serve God in completetrust and selflessness.PETER (LUKE CHAPTER 5 VERSES 1-11)According to Saints Luke, Matthew and Mark, the first apostle to be called is Peter the fisherman.Peter is not a “professional” religious person, just an ordinaryman with an ordinary job and yet he is chosen by God as leader of the apostles. If we look elsewhere in the New Testament we find that he is quite acharacter, with clear personality traits. In his favour, he is willing to try something new, he is aman who makes quick decisions, he is not afraid to speak hismind, but he can also be a very humble man. We must also consider the fact that he can beimpetuous, scared, and at times, out of his depth. Perhaps if wewere to look for a perfect model of an individual’s response to God’s call, Peter might not be atthe top of the list. But Peter teaches us that there is nothing