Called by God…
From Aaron to Jesus, no one took the role of high priest unless they were called by God:
No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him: “You are my son; this day I have begotten you”; just as he says in another place: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” -Hebrews 5:4-6, NAB
The author of Hebrews looks back to the Old Testament to show us that Aaron was called by God to fulfill the role as high priest. Then, Jesus followed the same path when He was called by God the Father to fill that same role – and to take it to another level.
From Aaron to Jesus, God’s people have been following God’s call on their life for generations, and that trend continues today. From the elections of our popes to those who answer the call of ordination, the Church depends on those who can hear, comprehend, and willingly answer God’s will.
Being called by God, however, is not limited to the priesthood. In different ways, we are each called by God to various lives and ministries. God has a plan for each of us – just as He had a plan for His Son, Jesus Christ.
Obeying God’s will can sometimes be difficult. When God calls us to a life we would not choose for ourselves, it can become a major challenge in our lives. Nonetheless, if we truly love our God, we will accept what He has planned for us. Christ asked to be spared from the cross, but followed God’s will there anyway.
We are each called by God, and the Lord has great plans for us. Whatever our vocation may be, we must follow His will with our full heart and soul. Along the way, we will have our own crosses to bear, but each of those crosses will bring us one step closer to Christ.