Quoting the Prophet Isaiah, Jesus identifies himself as the one sent by God, first and foremost, to “bring glad tidings to the poor.” We know that Jesus, also in Luke’s gospel, places the poor first on his list of those blessed by God (Lk 6:20). The poor, those who know that they are in need, that they cannot save themselves, are in the best position to receive the good news that Jesus brings--that he himself is.
In order to bring that good news (or “glad tidings”) to others, we must have received it ourselves. We must know ourselves as poor, as in need of God, before we can help others to find Him. We must have experienced the freedom, forgiveness, peace, and joy that Jesus brings, before we can help others to experience these gifts. The more we realize how generous God has been with us, the more we will want to share that bounty with others.
All of us--married, single, priests, deacons, religious--are called to “bring glad tidings to the poor” by recognizing that we, too, are poor, and that Jesus has made us rich.
If you are discerning your own vocation, reflect on how generous God has been to you. What response does your heart desire to make to Him?
If you are praying for those discerning their vocations, pray that they will know and experience deeply their own poverty, and God’s desire to fill them with Himself, and that their hearts may be set afire to enrich others with what they have received.