By Claire Sevenich

How does God call you?

It can fluctuate depending on the season we’re in within our lives. The call can come through community and serving the community. For others, it’s engaging with a close friend. For many more, it is in the creative touch of a beautiful home, song, good food, or piece of art.

The Lord gave us all our senses to fully receive Him into our being. Much like the masses, we are given countless opportunities to see all the good, truth, and beauty the Lord offers us. These moments of grace captivate our minds and hearts, drawing us to desire a prolonged encounter with Our Creator.

How do I respond?

When called, Samuel runs towards Eli, whom he assumed has called him. Eli understands the assignment upon multiple calls, ultimately directing Samuel to an interior call from the Lord, with a response of “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [1 Sm 3:10]

In the flesh, Jesus comes to us to call to us. He whets our appetite for more and gives us a place to commune with him, reclaiming and renaming us.

Here at St. Francis of Assisi, we can encounter the Lord daily through the daily Mass. However, in 2023, we expanded our efforts to commune with Jesus through daily Adoration hours while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.

If you are feeling a tug in your heart to commune with the Lord but your schedule appears too busy for Him, let me make a suggestion. I encourage you to take these thoughts to Jesus during Exposition. While you don’t need anything, I recommend taking everything to Him. Come for the call, and stay for the encounter.

“Come, and you will see.” [Jn 1:39]