Today, as the youths of the Roman Catholic Church starts gathering in Krakow, POLAND for the World Youth Day...I thought to myself this, "I CALLING OUT TO GOD, WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?"
The weather has started to warm up, my body - nature's natural thermometer - informs me that there is no need for layers of clothe; time for much thinner materials, shorts, sun lotion, sunnies, ice drinks. I am amazed by how much my body can inform me about the environment I live in; without checking the news, I knew that the weather has changed - it has become warmer.
To me, I find that my spiritual side is also very sharp; I have a tendency to pray, pray and pray, to turn to God, to turn towards this greater Truth, that many calls as God, for Spiritual nourishment. Calling out to God, what does it mean to me as an ordinary person - I am only different in my decision in following Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
Psalms 138 (Responsorial Psalm)
Let me make it clear, calling out to the Creator, is not a job belonging to the few holy people - perhaps, we like to call these people as fanatics? If you look at it, in the reality of humanity, I am grateful that calling out to God is my natural duty, my natural right, my natural identity.
Imagine a world where we cannot call out to God; a world where we are prohibited from identifying ourselves with something we know exist, something beyond our human limitations. Imagine in moments where we are just so lonely, when like Jesus on the Cross we are left alone, even our closest friends abandon us. We can't call out to something we know is out there? Imagine we cannot call out to that 'something'.
Calling out to God, to me, does not only mean that I need something done; I am searching for God's interference. It does not mean that I want to be holy...It does not mean that I want to be great. Yes, perhaps in my actions of calling out to God, it is for these reasons, but at the same time it is not.
Scriptures has told us, that holiness means "LIVING THE SAME KIND OF LIFE THAT JESUS LIVED". Calling out to God means I want to be made one, I desire to be me; desire to be me means to be the person that the Holy Spirit is calling me to be. I call out to God, because I have an identity - I know myself and I know God.
Perhaps, if you are still not comfortable calling out to God, it may truly mean that you have yet to find your everlasting identity; an identity that despite the hardships of gossips and persecution, makes you grounded. Calling out is your right, is your vocation - the vocation of every baptized Catholic Christian. It brings me great JOY, I am excited, when my instinct - prompted by the Spirit - urges me to cry out to God my Father.
Have you call out to God today? Have you had that courage to reach out to God, breaking the chains that keep us in fear, in doubt, in low esteem...Have we call out to God who is full of kindness and truth (Psalm 138)? To God who in our calling, this God answers. Have you call out to God?
World Youth Day will see young people calling out to God; some will cry, others will kneel, some will go for confession, others will listen to talks. Whatever our style of calling out to God, be sure that when you call out to God - God who is full of Mercy, God listens to YOU.