God calls everyone to be a Disciple of Christ by offering the gift of faith; which if we accept, provides an intense desire to draw near to God. This desire is rooted in the fact that we are made for God and the realization that He has blessed us abundantly. When we reflect on God’s utter goodness and the countless gifts He bestows on us, there is only one possible response, gratitude. The call to discipleship then becomes, not a burden, but a joy. “You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5:14-16) These words from Matthew are an invitation for all of us to respond as true Christian disciples.
Fr. Andrew Bergkamp