Each Catholic has been set aside for a “sacred purpose” but do we believe this? Archbishop Jason Gordon put this question to adolescents and young adults at the Catholic Youth Expo, Centre of Excellence, Macoya, Tunapuna last Saturday (June 23) during his homily at the closing Mass. Last weekend’s liturgy was the solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist.
He asked the congregation to imagine if John had not accepted his purpose and thought, “‘I not able with this God thing…I don’t want to live up to this faith’.” “What would have happened? There’d be no one announcing Jesus Christ’s coming into the world and if he had missed his purpose we would have been robbed of his mission and if you miss your purpose we would be robbed of your mission,” Archbishop Gordon said.
Highlighting the unique purpose of each person, he said there is a “sacred key” which “only you can use and only you can bring purpose into being in the world”. God has given them everything needed to live the purpose for which they are called.
From the womb, Archbishop Gordon emphasised, each Christian is called to “sacred purpose”. He cited the First Reading Is 49:1–6, in which the Prophet Jeremiah states, “The Lord called me before I was born, from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name”.
Archbishop Gordon said, “God knew you by name in your mother’s womb; He called you; He knew you and set you aside for sacred purpose. Do you believe that? Because brothers and sisters, that is the truth of your existence; that is the truth of who you are.”
Understanding purpose means the individual does not see himself or herself as a wave being blown and tossed by every wind that passes. Archbishop Gordon asked, “What is your purpose?” Not hearing many responses, he asked repeatedly. After the day’s activities he challenged them to continue asking themselves: “What is my purpose?”.
He suggested the teen and adult years were times to discover God’s call and discern their vocation.
“Has He called you to be single, to be married, to be a religious, to be priest? Has He called you to be a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor? Has He called you to be a housewife? Whatever He calls you to that’s how you will make God’s purpose realised in your life and that is how you will contribute to God’s kingdom,” Archbishop Gordon advised.
He ended with an instruction to the congregation to ask God His purpose for them and to do whatever He asked. “Whatever it is, ask for the grace and the courage to live that purpose,” the archbishop said.